(NEW YORK) – The United States is facing a COVID-19 spike this summer as the more contagious Delta variant spreads.
According to real-time data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University, more than 643,000 Americans have died from COVID-19, while over 4.5 million people have died from the disease worldwide.
According to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only 61.7% of Americans ages 12 and older are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
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05 Sep, 6:51 p.m.
Nearly 350 children currently hospitalized in Texas with COVID-19
Nearly 350 children are currently being hospitalized in Texas with COVID-19, state data shows.
According to the Texas Department of State Health Services’ online Covid-19 dashboard, last updated Sunday afternoon, there are 345 pediatric patients in hospitals across the Lone Star State. That number had risen from 282 on Thursday afternoon.
The data also shows that there are 73 staffed pediatric intensive care beds available across Texas.
Since the start of the new school year in Texas last month, around 52,000 students have tested positive for COVID-19, according to the data.
Sep 5th, 5:09 pm
Moderna booster shots delayed for at least a week: Fauci
Booster shots for the Moderna vaccine will have to wait at least a week after the president’s Sept. 20 goal due to the delay in submitting data, said Dr. Anthony Fauci on Sunday.
Fauci told CNN that Pfizer was able to provide the Food and Drug Administration with its data on their previously injected mRNA vaccine booster, and “it has been investigated and is ready for use”. Moderna is behind in submitting its data, which is causing the delay.
“What you might see is rather than launching the booster program of these two products at the same time that you may have by about a week or two in a row,” he said. “I think that’s not a big issue there, but we would have liked to see it all happen at the same time.”
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