US COVID-19 cases down 30% in past week
Today, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Rochelle Walensky, MD, MPH, said the new 7-day average of daily COVID-19 cases has dropped to 15,600, a 30% decrease from last week and a 94% decrease from the pandemic peak in January.
She also said that the United States confirmed 9,358 new coronavirus cases reported on Wednesday, the lowest daily total since March 2020. “This is the kind of news I like to deliver,” she said.
The CDC COVID Data Tracker shows that 366,977,535 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been delivered in the United States, and 296,912,892 have been administered, with 136,155,250 Americans fully vaccinated.
US to share 25 million vaccine doses globally
As the United States turns the corner on the pandemic, the White House also announced in a press briefing that it will share 25 million vaccine doses with countries in need of supply. That represents 75% of the country’s unused vaccines.
About 19 million of those vaccines will be distributed through COVAX, the World Health Organization’s initiative to get vaccines to low- and middle-income countries. Another 6 million will be shared through regional partnerships the United States has already established with countries such as Canada, Mexico, and Korea.
Officials said the United States will keep 25% of its unused vaccine stockpile in case of emergency.