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(NEW YORK) — The United States has seen a wave of COVID-19 as the more contagious delta strain continues to spread.

According to real-time data collected by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University, more than 676,000 Americans have died from COVID-19, while more than 4.7 million people have died from the disease worldwide. The average number of daily deaths in the US has risen about 20% in the past week, according to data from the CDC and the US Department of Health and Human Services.

The US continues to fall on the list of global vaccination rates, currently number 45, according to data collected by the Financial Times. According to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only 64% of Americans age 12 and older have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Here’s how the news develops. All times East:

Sep 21, 9:16 AM
Washington state asks federal staff for congested hospitals

Washington State Governor Jay Inslee sent a letter to the White House on Monday asking for staff to help the state’s overstretched hospitals.

“When the Delta variant hit Washington state, COVID-19 hospitalizations skyrocketed. From mid-July to late August, we saw hospital admissions doubling approximately every two weeks,” Inslee wrote. “Hospitals have skyrocketed to increase staffing beds and stretch staff and have canceled most non-emergency procedures, but still have overcapacity across the state.”

“While there are hopeful signs that the current wave of infection is peaking, and some states are beginning to see a decline, we haven’t seen that effect here,” the governor said.

Washington state had already requested 1,200 federal government staffers and is now requesting the deployment of Department of Defense medical personnel to assist with the current hospital crisis, Inslee said.

Sep 21, 8:31 am
2nd dose of J&J vaccine results in stronger protection, company says

A second dose of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine, given two months after the first, leads to stronger protection, the company said Tuesday.

Compared to the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, the Johnson & Johnson single vaccine always had a slightly lower efficacy. The maximum efficacy of the two-shot Pfizer and Moderna vaccines was 95% and 94% against symptomatic disease, respectively. But two injections of Johnson & Johnson, given two months apart, resulted in an equally high level of effectiveness: 94% protection against any symptomatic infection in the US and 100% against serious illness.

J&J Chief Scientific Officer Dr. Paul Stoffels said the single-shot vaccine still provides “strong and long-lasting protection” while also being “easy to use, distribute and administer.”

“At the same time,” Stoffels said, “we have now generated evidence that a booster injection further increases protection against COVID-19 and is expected to significantly extend the duration of protection.”

Sep 20, 17:39
US records 1.1 million pediatric COVID-19 cases in the past 5 weeks

The US reported more than 225,000 cases of COVID-19 in children, which is the fourth straight week with more than 200,000 new pediatric cases reported, according to a newly released weekly report from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association.

In the past five weeks alone, the country has reported more than 1.1 million pediatric cases, according to the organizations.

“The weekly figure is now about 26 times higher than in June, when only 8,400 pediatric cases were reported in a week,” the organizations wrote in their report.

According to the report, the South was responsible for about half –110,000– of last week’s pediatric cases.

The organizations added that more than 2,200 children have been hospitalized with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 infection.

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