The world has now reached the one-year mark of the COVID-19 pandemic. It has officially been one year since the coronavirus was dubbed a global pandemic and altered the lives of billions across the world.
Globally, since the start of it all, there have been 120 million cases of coronavirus. In the United States alone, there have been over 29.4 million cases and over 535,000 people have sadly lost their lives to the novel virus.
As countries, regions and sovereignties pooled together immeasurable resources to combat the virus, the unthinkable was accomplished and a vaccine was developed in under a year. Currently, there are three vaccines that have been authorized to be distributed and administered to populations across the United States, notably the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, the Moderna vaccine and Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) COVID Data Tracker, nearly 136 million vaccine doses have been delivered across the U.S. and over 109 million have been administered. This results in over 71 million Americans having received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 38.3 million having been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus.
The White House also put forth a Fact Sheet on March 11, 2021, announcing that a new strategy has been put in place for COVID-19 vaccinations:
“Today, in the next phase of our vaccination effort, the President will announce that he will direct states, Tribes, and territories to make all adults eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine no later than May 1st. The White House COVID-19 Response Team has concluded that our accelerated vaccination efforts will enable prioritized vaccinations to be far enough along by end of April that all eligibility restrictions for vaccinations can be lifted by May 1st.
Once all Americans are eligible to be vaccinated, the Administration will ensure that every adult is actually able to get the vaccine by increasing the number of places Americans can get vaccinated.”
By increasing the number of places Americans can get vaccinated as well as increasing the number of people providing and supporting vaccines, the United States is on a better and quicker path to immunizing their populations and ultimately reaching herd immunity.