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This Time, a Welcome Milestone on COVID

Half the US population has now received at least one shot of vaccine
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 18, 2021 5:00 PM CDT

(Newser) – Half of all adults in the US have received at least one COVID-19 shot, the government said Sunday, marking another milestone in the nation’s largest-ever vaccination campaign, per the AP. Almost 130 million people 18 or older have received at least one dose of a vaccine, or 50.4% of the total adult population, the CDC reported. Almost 84 million adults, or about 32.5% of the population, have been fully vaccinated. The US cleared the 50% mark just a day after the reported global death toll from the coronavirus topped a staggering 3 million, according to totals compiled by Johns Hopkins University, though the actual number is believed to be significantly higher.

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The country’s vaccination rate, at 61.6 doses administered per 100 people, currently falls behind Israel, which leads among countries with at least 5 million people with a rate of 119.2. The US also trails the United Arab Emirates, Chile, and the United Kingdom, which is vaccinating at a rate of 62 doses per 100 people, according to Our World in Data, an online research site. In January, 67% of adult Americans were willing to get vaccinated or had already received at least one shot. The figure has climbed to 75%, according to the latest AP-NORC poll.

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