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Interfor International - COVID-19 Daily Update - May 4, 2021

Interfor International – Covid-19 Daily Update

Interfor’s Covid-19 Daily Update-May 4, 2021

Latest numbers (as of 9am est):

Total Reported Cases: 1 53,245,444 ( 32 , 472,218 in United States)
Total Deaths: 3 , 215,506 (5 7 7,565 in United States) 
Full Vaccinations Administered: 280 million, globally ( 31.8 % of US population; 105 M)

NOTEWORTHY DEVELOPMENTS

United States

  • Approximately 247 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine have been administered in the United States, according to data published by the CDC. 44.4% of adults have received at least one dose of the vaccine, and about 31.8% are fully vaccinated.
  • The FDA will soon authorize the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid vaccine for adolescence ages 12-15, who could be eligible to receive the shots as early as next week. The decision would allow most middle and high school students to be vaccinated before the start of the 2021 – 2022 school year.
  • New York’s governor announced that MTA subway service will return to a 24/7 schedule beginning May 17. Additionally, starting May 19, most Covid-19 capacity restrictions will end across the tri-state area, including retail, food services and gyms.
  • Drug maker company Moderna announced it would supply up to 500 million doses of its Covid vaccine to Covax, the international vaccine sharing initiative that aims to distribute vaccines to poor and middle-income countries unable to secure deals on their own
  • The US Transportation Security Administration hit a new pandemic record after screening more than 1.62 million people at airports across the country on Sunday. This is nearly 10 times larger than a year ago when numbers fell during the pandemic.
  • Florida’s governor has suspended local Covid-19 emergency orders, which limits the government’s ability to impose mask requirements and other social distancing measures. The bill which goes into effect July 1st, also permanently bans “vaccine passports.”

International

  • India surpassed Mexico’s death toll, making it the country with the third highest number of reported coronavirus deaths(218,959), behind the United States and Brazil. Additionally, multiple states will go into complete lockdown in the coming days after the county surpassed 20 million covid cases.
  • The European Union plans to recommend that its member states open borders to travelers who have been fully vaccinated. Under the new recommendations, visitors will be able to enter the EU if they received the second dose of an authorized vaccine at least 14 days before arrival.
  • The UK is hosting the first face-to-face gathering of the G7 foreign ministers in two years, with the Group of Seven meeting on Tuesday in London, with Covid-19 protocols in place.
  • South Korea has strengthened quarantine restrictions for travelers from India. South Korean citizens and foreigners arriving from India for a long-term stay are subject to quarantine at a government-provided facility for seven days. Short-term visitors are subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine at a government-provided facility.
  • Nepal has recalled retired medics to work for at least a year to help tackle the shortage of health workers as Covid-19 cases in the country rise. Additionally, the country will ban all international flights starting midnight on May 6 to May 14. Domestic flights are also suspended starting midnight Monday until May 14.

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