As the spring semester comes to a close, colleges and universities are releasing plans for a safe reopening in the fall. Three prominent institutes of higher learning announced plans to require Covid-19 vaccines for all students and staff.
On March 25, New Jersey’s Rutgers University was first with an appropriately titled announcement “Our path forward.” The administration laid out plans for mandatory student Covid-19 vaccination. Faculty vaccinations are “strongly encouraged.”
Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado, released its fall semester vaccine guidelines requiring students to upload proof of vaccination through the Fort Lewis App prior to enrollment.
The U.S. has now hit two milestones in the Covid-19 pandemic: 100 million total infections (most of them undiagnosed), and as reported by the CDC, 100 million vaccine doses administered.
In the race of vaccination vs. variants, we’re gaining on the virus. It’s slow progress that we hope to accelerate as more people get vaccinated. But nobody should declare victory in the third quarter. As I’ve said before, safer doesn’t mean safe.
CDC reports encouraging progress in its weekly Covid summary and website, both of which continue to get better:
More than a dozen countries have suspended the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine, citing concerns that people who received doses from two batches of the vaccine developed blood clots as a result. On Monday, the World Health Organization urged nations to continue using the vaccine, emphasizing that there is no scientific evidence for a causal link between getting the AstraZeneca shot and blood clots.
“As of today, there is no evidence that the incidents are caused by the vaccine and it is important that vaccination campaigns continue so that we can save lives and stem severe disease from the virus,”…
This week, the U.S. vaccination campaign ramped up in a big way. In a nationwide address on Thursday, President Biden told states to make all adult Americans eligible for vaccination by May 1. He also said his administration would expand vaccine access, in part by authorizing more types of health professionals to administer vaccines. If Americans work together, he said, on July 4 we could “begin to mark our independence from this virus.”
Around the world, six vaccines have been approved for limited use and six approved for full use. This week, the European Union granted emergency use authorization to the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Vaccines are being rolled out in many nations, but access to vaccines and vaccination rates vary widely around the world. Israel, with 44.2% of its population fully vaccinated, is the leader in the global rollout, followed by Seychelles and Bahrain. The United States, with 10.2% of its population fully vaccinated, is in fourth place, down from third last week. Many countries have not yet started vaccinating their populations.
People who are fully vaccinated can now hang out indoors in small groups without masks, according to a new update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This very welcome change comes with a bonus piece of good news: One fully vaccinated household can socialize indoors with one household of unvaccinated people, as long as nobody in the latter is at risk for severe Covid-19, as Dana G Smith points out on the Blog.
In the nationwide Covid-19 vaccine rollout, some states are doing better than others. Alaska, New Mexico, and West Virginia have the highest percentage of fully vaccinated people in their populations among states, according to Bloomberg’s vaccine tracker. In Alaska, 15.6% of people have received two doses. Utah, for comparison, is at the bottom of the list with 6.5% of its population fully vaccinated as of this writing.
Population size, state size, infrastructure, and political leadership are among the many state-specific factors that can shape a state’s rollout. But the design of a vaccination campaign can go a long way. In…
This week, over 2 million doses were delivered each day in the United States — a record high. President Joe Biden said that there would be enough doses for all American adults by May, moving up his timeline from July. Johnson & Johnson teamed up with its longtime rival, Merck, to make more doses of its vaccine. From where we stand, the U.S. vaccine rollout looks promising.
It isn’t great yet, though: The vaccination rate disparity between people of color and white people in the United States is unacceptably wide. Vaccine eligibility criteria are being called into question…
Around the world, six vaccines have been approved for limited use and six approved for full use. This week, the United States granted emergency use authorization to the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Vaccines are being rolled out in many nations, but access to vaccines and vaccination rates vary widely around the world. Israel, with 39.8% of its population fully vaccinated, is the leader in the global rollout, followed by Seychelles and the United States (up from fourth place last week). So far, 16.3% of Americans have received a single dose, and 8.4% are fully vaccinated.
The U.S. vaccine rollout is…
In recent weeks, Israel has started rolling out two types of digital certificates related to Covid-19 immunity. One is the “immunity certificate,” which is a confirmation that the holder received two vaccine doses and is thus immune. This confirmation will allow people to lead an almost regular, pre-Covid-19 way of life.
A person with an Israeli immunity certificate can eat in a restaurant, work out at the gym, or see a play in the theater. …