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The pace of vaccination in the US is increasing as the Johnson & Johnson break will not slow down the rollout, according to official figures

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Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vial and box at a vaccination site. Despite a small number of patients who have experienced side effects, including blood clots, doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine are being given across the state of Florida.

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Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that 2.6 million vaccine doses were administered in the US on Tuesday, bringing the daily average of shots fired last week to a new high of 3.4 million.

US officials say the Food and Drug Administration’s recommended hiatus in using the Johnson & Johnson vaccine will not slow the vaccination campaign.

Jeff Zients, the White House’s Covid-19 response coordinator, told reporters Tuesday that Johnson & Johnson’s announcement “will not have a material impact on our immunization program.”

“The president has always said that this is a war effort and as such we have mobilized a war effort so that we are prepared for a variety of scenarios,” Zients said. “We have more than enough supplies of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines to continue the current pace of about 3 million shots a day.”

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine accounts for 7.2 million of the total doses given to Americans to date, compared with 99.5 million Pfizer doses and 85.4 million Moderna doses. Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose vaccine is responsible for 9.5% of the roughly 75 million Americans who are fully vaccinated, according to CDC data.

US vaccine shots administered

With 2.6 million shots administered on Tuesday, the last 7-day average of daily doses administered rose to 3.4 million.

White House Covid-19 data director Cyrus Shahpar said in a tweet that this was the first Tuesday – a day that is typically lower due to weekly reporting patterns – when more than 2 million reported doses were administered .

US percentage of the vaccinated population

More than 75 million Americans are now fully vaccinated, according to the CDC, accounting for nearly 23% of the total population. About 122 million people, or 37% of the population, have received at least one dose.

Of those over 65, almost 80% have received at least one dose and 62.5% are fully vaccinated.

US Covid cases

The number of coronavirus cases in the United States is increasing, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The most recent seven-day average of around 71,200 new cases per day corresponds to an increase of 10% compared to the previous week.

In Michigan, the state with the highest daily new cases per capita, the number of infections continues to rise. Michigan averages about 7,800 new cases per day, close to the state’s pandemic high of more than 8,300 per day recorded in December.

The average daily number of cases is increasing in a total of 35 states.

US Covid deaths

The 7-day average of daily reported Covid deaths in the US is 973, according to JHU data.

The trend in the death toll is currently being obscured by a mass release of data from around 1,800 Oklahoma deaths. The Oklahoma Department of Health is transitioning to data reporting guidelines in line with CDC requirements. These deaths are all reported for April 7th, even if they occurred previously.

Prior to this reporting anomaly, the daily Covid death toll in the US had declined from the record highs in January.

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