4 hr 43 min ago10 US states have reached Biden’s goal of vaccinating 70% of adults against Covid-19, CDC data showsFrom CNN’s Deidre McPhillips
A member of the U.S. Armed Forces administers a dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at a FEMA community vaccination center on March 2 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Mark Makela/Getty ImagesTen states have now reached the Biden administration’s goal to vaccinate at least 70% of adults against Covid-19 by July 4 with at least one dose, according to data published Wednesday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Pennsylvania is the latest state to reach this benchmark, joining Connecticut, Hawaii, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Rhode Island and Vermont.
In the United States, more than 165 million people – about 49.7% of the population – has received at least one dose of vaccine, and nearly 132 million people – about 39.7% of the population – are fully vaccinated, CDC data shows.
Overall, 289,212,304 total doses of vaccine have been reported administered, about 80% of the 359,849,035 total doses delivered.
That’s about 1.4 million more doses reported administered since Tuesday, for a seven-day average of about 1.7 million doses per day.
Note: Data published by the CDC may be delayed, and doses may not have been administered on the day reported.
4 hr 46 min agoSwitzerland will further ease coronavirus restrictions on MondayFrom CNN’s Niamh Kennedy
Switzerland will further ease coronavirus restrictions on Monday, allowing indoor dining to reopen and no longer requiring people to work from home, the government said in a statement released Wednesday.
“The Federal Council is going further than proposed in the consultation, particularly with regard to events, private gatherings and restaurants. In so doing, it is responding to the improved epidemiological situation,” the Swiss Federal Council said in the statement. “Coronavirus case numbers are continuing to fall. In addition, most cantons will have completed vaccinating people at especially high risk by the end of the month.”As of Monday, restaurants will once again be able to serve guests indoors with a maximum of four people per table, according to the statement. Additionally, restaurants no longer have to close between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m.
For public events, the limit on indoor gatherings will increase from 50 people to 100 people, and the limit on outdoor gatherings will increase from 100 people to 300 people.
For private gatherings, the Swiss Federal Council is increasing the limits from 10 to 30 people for indoor gatherings, and from 15 to 50 people outdoors.
“Working from home will be a recommendation rather than a requirement for businesses that carry out weekly testing. A return to the office should be gradual so as not to jeopardise the vaccination process of staff,” the government statement added.
The Federal Council will also begin piloting public events from June 1.
5 hr 4 min agoGo There: CNN reports on US travel ahead of Memorial Day weekend and ongoing mask mandates for passengersAs the US continues to reopen, more than 37 million people are expected to travel for the Memorial Day holiday weekend.
Under federal law, travelers are still required to wear masks when using public transportation, including travel by commercial plane, which could potentially set up more conflicts and fights over mask policy during the busy weekend.
CNN’s Pete Muntean was live from Reagan National Airport in Arlington, Virginia. Watch his report:
5 hr 30 min agoFauci: It’s in the “enlightened self-interest” of the US to help the world get Covid-19 under controlFrom CNN’s Jen Christensen
Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on May 26. Sarah Silbiger/Pool/AFP/Getty ImagesDr. Anthony Fauci told the Senate Appropriations Committee on Wednesday that he thinks with the high rate of vaccinations in the United States, the country will get the Covid-19 pandemic under control “within a period of a few months.” To bring the pandemic to its end in the world, the US will need to help.
“A global pandemic requires a global response,” the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said. He and several other leaders of the National Institutes of Health were in front of the committee to discuss the agency’s proposed budget. Fauci said there’s always a danger that with the virus spreading in the rest of the world, it could create variants that might undermine the protectiveness of the current Covid-19 vaccines.
“Not only do I think it’s a humanitarian, moral responsibility, but it’s in what I call ‘the enlightened self-interest’ for us to do that,” Fauci said.5 hr 53 min agoBiden tasks intelligence community to report on Covid-19 origins within 90 daysFrom CNN’s DJ Judd
President Biden is tasking the intelligence community to “redouble their efforts” in assessing the origins of Covid-19 and report back within 90 days.
In a statement on Wednesday, Biden said he asked National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan in March to “task the Intelligence Community to prepare a report on their most up-to-date analysis of the origins of COVID-19, including whether it emerged from human contact with an infected animal or from a laboratory accident.”
“As of today, the U.S. Intelligence Community has ‘coalesced around two likely scenarios’ but has not reached a definitive conclusion on this question,” Biden writes. “Here is their current pos
Pennsylvania joins nine other states that have hit the government’s benchmark of 70% of the adult population receiving at least one dose
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