The CDC says the now-dominant variant poses a risk even with nearly 20% of the US fully vaccinated.

The U.S. COVID-19 vaccine momentum continued to gain traction Wednesday with 19% of the population now fully vaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, although experts remain concerned about the numbers of stubbornly high cases that continue to rise. The tracker shows that as of 6:00 a.m. ET on Tuesday, 219 million doses had been delivered to states, 168.6 million doses had been administered, and 108.3 million Americans had received at least one dose, which it is equivalent to 32.6% of the total population.

At least 63 million people are fully vaccinated, meaning they have received two doses of the vaccines developed by Pfizer Inc. PFE, -0.11% and German partner BioNTech SE BNTX, -2.69%, or Moderna Inc MRNA, -0.67%, or a single dose vaccine developed by Johnson & Johnson JNJ, + 0.21%. In the age group 65 years and over, 30.9 million people are fully vaccinated, which is equivalent to more than half (56.6%) of that group. The United States added at least 62,004 new cases Tuesday, according to a New York Times tracker, and at least 907 people died. The seven-day average is 64,847 cases per day, 19% more than the 14-day average. Minnesota and Illinois are seeing rapid case growth, while the six metropolitan areas with the highest rates of new cases are located in Michigan, the tracker shows. But every state in the Northeast corridor is seeing cases rise and stay high, including New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts. Variant B.1.1.7, which was first identified in the UK, is now the most dominant form of the coronavirus circulating in the US, according to comments made Wednesday by Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Director. from the CDC. Research indicates that this strain of the virus is more infectious and more deadly. “The virus still has us under control,” he said during a briefing at the White House. “We have to remain vigilant.” The CDC said in January that it expected B.1.1.7 to be the most common form of the virus by the end of March. Walensky said communities with high community transmission rates should no longer allow youth sports that take place indoors or no longer allow a six-foot space. He also said that big events in those communities should be postponed. Don’t Miss: How 6 Feet Became 3: Meet An ER Doctor Behind Research Showing Children Are Still Safe In School With A New Standard Of Social Distancing Most Europeans Who Got Vaccine Developed by AstraZeneca PLC AZN, -0.51% AZN, -0.97% and Oxford University said that clots should be listed as a “very rare” side effect. The EMA says the benefits of the vaccine still outweigh the risks. The regulator conducted an investigation of a possible link between the vaccine and clotting incidents after several countries halted use of the vaccine or restricted it in certain age groups. On Tuesday, Oxford stopped administering doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine in a small UK study looking to evaluate its safety and effectiveness in children and adolescents to await more information on the clotting problem, the Wall Street Journal reported. The trial began in mid-February and involves more than 200 young people between the ages of 6 and 17. But the UK government‘s vaccination advisory board said adults under the age of 30 should be offered an alternative to the AstraZeneca vaccine, if one is available, and are healthy and not at risk of contracting the virus. See also: White House rules out requiring a federal passport for vaccines. Meanwhile, the UK started administering the first doses of the Moderna vaccine in Wales. The UK has bought enough injections of Moderna for 8.5 million people, or 17 million doses of the vaccine that was shown to be 100% effective against a severe form of the virus in late-stage trials. Watch Now: Will You Vaccinate Your Children Against COVID-19 Once They Are Eligible? Only half of American parents say yes. Other news: • Anthem Inc. ANTM will pay a $ 50 incentive to any of its employees who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, MarketWatch’s Tomi Kilgore reported. The health insurer said the incentive will be in the form of a one-time credit for medical premiums or a donation to the Anthem Cares Fund that helps support co-workers in need, at the employee’s choice. “Anthem is committed to empowering our associates to live a healthy lifestyle, so it was important that we provide an incentive to those who receive the COVID-19 vaccine. I am impressed and grateful for all that our associates have done and continue to do for the clients and communities we serve, ”said Leah Stark, director of human resources. Watch Now: CDC Offers Travel Advice to Vaccinated Americans, But Doesn’t Going to Say It’s Ok to Get on a Plane • The National Institutes of Health has begun a clinical study evaluating allergic reactions to COVID-19 mRNA vaccines developed by Moderna Inc. and BioNTech SE / Pfizer Inc., reported Jaimy Lee of MarketWatch. The goal is to understand who is at higher risk, including people with a history of allergic reactions or those who have been diagnosed with a mast cell disorder. (Mast cells are part of the body’s immune system. When those cells mutate, they can cause one of several rare disorders.) The phase 2 clinical trial, which is being funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, will enroll 3,400 adults who fit into one of three categories: people who have previously reported a serious allergic reaction to food, insects, or drugs; people who have been diagnosed with a mast cell disorder; or individuals with no prior history of either.

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President Biden announced Tuesday that he is pushing the deadline from May 1 to April 19 for states to make all adults in the U.S. eligible for Covid-19 vaccines. Photo: Kevin Lamarque / Reuters

• Bad news from Brazil, where the death toll surpassed 4,000 a day for the first time, The Guardian reported. At least 4,195 Brazilians died on Tuesday, bringing the total death toll to almost 337,000, the second highest in the world after the United States. Brazil also reported 86,979 new infections. Experts fear that a record 100,000 Brazilians could lose their lives this month alone if nothing is done. • One-third of COVID-19 patients suffered from psychiatric or brain problems within six months of their diagnosis, in a study published Tuesday in the Lancet Psychiatry, the New York Post reported. The researchers analyzed the health records of 236,379 COVID patients, mostly from the US, and found that 34 percent had been diagnosed with neurological or psychiatric disorders six months later. About one in eight of the patients, or 12.8 percent, was first diagnosed with such a disease, the study showed. Anxiety, at 17 percent, and depression or mood disorders, at 14 percent, were the most common diagnoses, according to the research. • The pandemic has had a severe impact on the human rights of millions of people, Amnesty International said in its annual report, exacerbating inequality and damaging health and welfare systems in some of the world’s poorest countries. “Whatever its precise genesis, the coronavirus (COVID-19) and its massive casualties flourished in part thanks to our global environment of deeper and broader inequalities within and between countries. Austerity policies that weakened public infrastructure and public health systems have greatly worsened; by international architecture weakened in form, function and leadership, “the human rights group said. Latest counts The global count of coronavirus-borne diseases rose above 132.5 million on Wednesday, according to data aggregated by Johns Hopkins University , while the death toll rose above 2.87 million. About 75 million people have recovered from COVID, the data shows. The United States continues to lead the world in cases, with 30.8 million, or about one fourth of the world count, and deaths, with 556,529. After Brazil, India ranks third in the world in cases with 12.8 million and fourth in deaths with 166,177. Mexico ranks third in deaths with 204,985 and 14 Highest by cases at 2.3 million. The UK has 4.4 million cases and 127,126 China, where the virus was first discovered late last year, has had 101,928 confirmed cases and 4,841 deaths. rtes, according to their official figures.