The allocation of Johnson & Johnson vaccine doses from the U.S. government is expected to fall by 85% next week, reported the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Only about 785,000 Johnson & Johnson vaccine doses are slated to roll out to states and other jurisdictions next week, compared to five million doses this week.
The decline in supply comes after the company had to discard 15 million doses of its coronavirus vaccine last month because the batch did not meet quality standards.
Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccine dose distribution will remain steady, with 4.7 million first doses of Pfizer and 3.5 million first doses of Moderna allocated to states.
The decline in J&J doses has forced at least one state’s officials to revamp some distribution plans. Connecticut recently learned that its expected shipment of 20,000 J&J doses next week will drop to 6,000 and then down to 2,000 the following week, interrupting plans to target vaccinations for college students.
Meanwhile, more than a third of Americans have gotten at least one shot, and more than a quarter of American adults are now fully vaccinated, data released Thursday through the CDC shows. Just under one-fifth of all Americans have been fully vaccinated.
A USA TODAY analysis shows 47 percent of people in Palau, and 45% of the people in New Hampshire, are at least partially vaccinated. On the other side are about 14% of Americans in Micronesia, with Mississippi as the lowest state with less than 27% partially vaccinated.
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►Racism is a “serious public health threat,” CDC director Rochelle Walensky declared Thursday. This comes as communities of color face disproportionate COVID-19 case counts and death, shining light on “inequities that have existed for generations,” the agency said in a statement.
►A woman in Kyoto, Japan, who suffered severe lung damage after contracting the virus became the first recovered COVID-19 patient in the world to receive a lung transplant from living donors. She was donated lung tissue from her husband and son.
►A mass vaccination site in Colorado was shut down after 11 people suffered “adverse reactions” including nausea and dizziness after receiving the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
►Vermont is preparing to welcome the return of Amtrak passenger rail service and inter-city bus services to the state, the Agency of Transportation announced Thursday.
►The French Open tennis tournament will be delayed by one week in May because of the coronavirus pandemic, organizers said Thursday.
►The University of Notre Dame announced Thursday that it would become the latest college to require all students to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 for the fall semester.
►Philippine authorities are investigating the death of a 28-year-old man forced to perform nearly 300 squat exercises after officials say he broke local COVID-19 curfew rules last week.
►The state of Florida has filed a lawsuit against the federal government to demand cruise ships start sailing.
📈 Today’s numbers: The U.S. has more than 31 million confirmed coronavirus cases and 560,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data. The global totals: More than 134 million cases and more than 2.9 million deaths. Nearly 229.4 million vaccine doses have been distributed in the U.S. and 174.9million have been administered, according to the CDC.
Virginia Byrne, 95, spent more than a year apart from her husband Jack, 94, due to coronavirus restrictions as he lives in a memory care facility.
The couple reunited March 19 at the assisted living facility where Jack resides in St. Louis, Missouri to celebrate their 72nd anniversary.
“The lights went on again in my life, because I was able to be so close to my husband for the first time in more than a year,” Virginia Byrne told ABC. “It was a wonderful moment. I could hardly let go.”
The CDC reported nearly 3,400 coronavirus variant cases late Thursday,…