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The average number of Covid-19 vaccines administered dipped below 2 million per day


(CNN) - The seven-day average of Covid-19 vaccines administered in the United States has dipped below 2 million per day for the first time since early March -- a sign of the continued decline in demand for coronavirus immunizations.

According to data published Saturday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the seven-day average of doses administered now sits at 1.98 million. The last time the daily average was below 2 million was March 2.

It's an indicator that vaccinations are gradually slowing, even though the US remains far short of the levels of immunization needed to reach herd immunity.

About 113 million people, or at least a third of the population, have been fully vaccinated, per CDC data. About 45.6% of the population, or 151 million people, have received at least one dose of a vaccine. But experts like Dr. Anthony Fauci have estimated 70-85% would need to be immune to possibly reach herd immunity.

CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky addressed flagging vaccine administrations earlier in the week, telling CNN the slow down was expected.

"We knew that we would have a lot of supply by the end of April, early May," she said, "but we also knew that this would be the time that we had people who were more hesitant, that people wouldn't be rushing to be getting a vaccine."

The dip in demand has already led to the closures of some mass vaccination sites, and more continue to follow suit: Officials announced Wednesday that one such site at Oakland Coliseum in California would close this month after a "rapid reduction" in vaccine appointments.

And on Thursday, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson announced the National Guard was scaling back its involvement at mass vaccination sites, citing reduced demand (though he also said the state is "in a good place on the vaccine front").

"We have hard work ahead of us," Walensky said this week. "We know what we need to do, but we really do need to reach people one at a time in the communities and understand why they might be hesitant."

Source: https://www.cnn.com/2021/05/08/health/us-coronavirus-saturday/index.html

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