Dr. Peter Marks, director of the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, has warned that US has serious problem of Covid-19 vaccines uptake, despite wide availability of vaccines.
“Unlike many less developed countries, the US has enough doses to vaccinate everyone as well as the necessary infrastructure to support the rollout. The problem: not everyone wants the shot,” writes CNN Health.
Referring to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data, CNN writes that only 48.7% of people over the age of 12 have been fully vaccinated, which is reportedly lower than 69.6% in the United Kingdom, 55.5% in Canada, and 62.6% in the European Union countries.
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According to CNN Medical Analyst Dr. Leana Wen, people who are generally healthy, vaccinated and boosted, are at low risk of severe illness due to Covid-19. “It’s reasonable for many people to say that, given their low risk, they are fine resuming pre-pandemic activities and are not going to restrict their travel or other activities.”
“There will be many people who are still choosing to be cautious. The good news is that there are also many more tools available to them that were not before in the early stages of the pandemic. There are antiviral pills, for example, that reduce the chance of severe illness even further. And, of course, making sure that they are vaccinated and up to date on boosters also lowers the risk of both severe illness and symptomatic infection,” Dr. Wen added.
Coronavirus-19 vaccination watch
According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID vaccination tracker page (as of June 9) 754,073,055 doses have been distributed and 590,076,511 doses administered. According MDH COVID-19 Response vaccine data a total of 10,109,022 doses of Covid-19 (Pfizer & Moderna) vaccines have been administered in Minnesota. According to the MDH latest tally (as of June 10) the confirmed COVID-19 cases in Minnesota are 1,527,145 with 12,713 deaths.