US Administers Its Fifty Millionth COVID-19 Vaccine
On Tuesday, the United States administered its 50 millionth vaccine according to a report from the Center for Disease Control. About 37.1 million have received at least one dose of the vaccine and about 5.7 million doses were administered to nursing home patients.
Just as importantly, the number of new case per day in the United States continues to drop from a peak of 308,013 on January 8 to a most recent daily incidence of 75,651. The death toll has also dropped precipitously from its peak of 4,515 deaths on January 12 to 2,534 on February 24. The favorable trend has been causing a great deal of optimism amongst many, including economists and investors, with most believing economic activity will increase precipitously in 2021.
Despite the optimism, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci continues to spread shade on the situation by refusing to reassure grandparents who have received their vaccines in their decisions to visit their grandchildren. In an interview with Savannah Guthrie, where he was specifically asked about grandparents visiting their grandchildren, Dr. Fauci said, "Then you gotta be careful because grandma could still get virus in her nasopharynx, even though the vaccine is preventing her from getting physically ill. She still could have virus in her nasopharynx ... Until we have the overwhelming majority of people vaccinated, and the level of virus is very low. When you're vaccinated, it would be prudent to wear a mask." He has also estimated that American will have to continue wearing their masks well into 2022.