Biden Has 73% Approval on Pandemic as Vaccinations Reach Nearly 30% of US Residents
An ABC News poll and an AP-NORC poll both give Joe Biden above 70% approval for his handling of the pandemic.
Americans have responded favorably to the president’s approach, with 73% approving of his handling of the pandemic. That includes about half of Republicans, a rarity given how divided Americans have been along party lines on many key issues in recent years.
Over the last week, the average daily vaccination rate was at 2.7 million in the US for a total of 150,273,292 vaccinations since December 14 (only 20 million were under Trump).
More than 29.4% of the total US population has received at least one shot as of yesterday. The CDC shows 37.7% of adult Americans have received at least one dose and 73.5% of seniors have received at least one. The number of those over 65 getting the shots is still growing so its looking like vaccinations might eventually reach the vicinity of 80% or better among the oldest Americans.
This has mostly happened without much contribution from Johnson and Johnson which said it would deliver 20 doses by the end of March but has so far delivered fewer than 6 million. When those phials do arrive, vaccinations could exceed 4 million per day.
Vaccine Hesitancy Declines Somewhat
By now, roughly 61 percent of adults have either received their first dose or are eager for one, up from 47 percent in January, according to the latest monthly survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation.
The shift was most striking among Black Americans, some of whom have previously expressed hesitancy but who have also had access issues. Since just February, 14 percent more Black adults said they wanted or had already gotten the vaccine. Over all, Black adults, who have also been on the receiving end of vigorous promotional campaigns by celebrities, local Black physicians, clergy members and public health officials, now want the vaccine in numbers almost comparable to other leading demographic groups: 55 percent, compared with 61 percent for Latinos and 64 percent for white people.
Pfizer’s Early Trial Shows 100% Efficacy for 12-15 Year-Olds
The study of nearly 2,300 teens showed the vaccine to be even more effective for that age group than for adults. Pfizer said it will seek permission in the coming weeks from the Food and Drug Administration and the European Medicines Agency to market the vaccine for teens.
Worldwide Vaccinations Are Slowly Gaining Steam
The biggest vaccination campaign in history is underway. More than 574 million doses have been administered across 141 countries, according to data collected by Bloomberg. The latest rate was roughly 14.8 million doses a day…
Israel was first to show that vaccinations were having a nationwide effect. The country has led the world in vaccinations, and by February more than 84% of people ages 70 and older had received two doses. Severe covid cases and deaths declined rapidly. A separate analysis in the U.K. showed similar results.
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COVID.CDC.GOV/… COVID-19 VACCINATIONS IN US Day
Delivered Total Shots 1st Shot (% of Pop) 2nd shot (% of Pop) 3/30 Tue 195,581,725 150,273,292
54,607,041 (16.4%) 3/29 Mon 189,451,285 147,602,345
53,423,486 (16.1%) 3/28 Sun 180,646,565 145,812,835
52,529,949 (15.8%) 3/27 Sat 180,646,465 143,462,691
51,593,564 (15.5%) 3/26 Fri 180,644,125 140,180,735
50,141,769 (15.1%) 3/25 Thu 177,501,775 136,684,688
48,695,172 (14.7%) 3/24 Wed 173,525,335 133,305,295
47,350,657 (14.3%) 3/23 Tue 169,223,125 130,473,853
46,365,515 (14%) 2/27
(The CDC has a 72 hour window for reporting vaccine numbers)