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Vermont at 80% vaccine rate, state now open

Posted by / June 17, 2021

Vermont has become the first state to reach an 80% vaccination rate, and it is now fully reopening.

Anheuser-Busch is going to give away free beer when America reaches its vaccine goal. So far, only a handful of states have reached the goal of a 70% vaccination rate.

Fully vaccinated people in several southern California towns have tested positive for COVID, serving as a reminder that the vaccines are not 100% effective and thus as many people as possible need to get it. COVID rates are slowing in the South and the plains states, worrying health expertsAppointments for the first COVID shot have plummeted by about 50% in Los Angeles, worrying public health officials in a state thrashed by the virus.

Earlier this winter, despite record numbers of COVID cases and deaths, some 30% of Californians are violating stay-at-home orders. Meanwhile, as the state prepares to extend the stay-at-home orders, groups of maskless protestors are gathering to sing Christmas carols in protest.

California broke COVID records, and as a result hospitals in the state were “crushed” by an influx of patients. ICU beds all but disappeared, especially in the southern half of the state.

Pfizer is testing a pill that, if it works, could be the first home-cure for COVID. If the current trial goes well, the pill will be ready by the end of the year.

After a brief pause, the CDC has recommended the resumption of the Johnson and Johnson vaccination after fears of negative side effects.

Last week, federal health officials began considering lifting their recommendation to pause the Johnson & Johnson vaccine following the rare blood clotting disorder  among some recipients.

Elsewhere in the country, the rate of COVID vaccines has sat at a whopping 3 million shots per day for two weeks straight, and now about 40% of Americans have received at least one shot. Just a few weeks ago, the number of vaccines peaked at 2.4 million shots a day.

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