Several Asian nations are quickly ramping up vaccination campaigns from shaky starts to combat growing Covid-19 infections, as supply shipments roll in and people overcome hesitancy in hopes of easing curbs and freeing up travel.

Around 14 million people in the United States received their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine in August, about 4 million more than in July, officials said on Aug. 31 as the government pushes inoculation as infections rise.

An advisory panel to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Aug. 30 unanimously recommended the Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE Covid-19 vaccine for people age 16 and older, an important step that could help accelerate vaccine mandates in the United States.

Half of children aged 12 to 17 have received at least their first vaccination dose against Covid-19, and that age group has the fastest growth rate in vaccinations, the White House said on Aug. 27.

As the work force returns to the office, life science companies are having to take their stance on vaccine policy. Some have chosen a strict mandate, others a mandate with options, and others have yet to issue an edict.

The United States reported more than 1,000 Covid-19 deaths on Aug. 17 – equating to around 42 fatalities an hour – according to a Reuters tally, as the Delta variant continues to ravage parts of the country with low vaccination rates.

Only eight intensive care unit beds were available on Aug. 9 in Arkansas, the state’s governor said, as the rapid spread of the Delta variant of the coronavirus pushed cases and hospitalizations in the United States to a six-month high.

Nearly 60 percent of the U.S. population received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine as of the morning of Aug. 9, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

The United States administered 351,400,930 doses of Covid-19 vaccines in the country as of the morning of Aug. 8 and distributed 407,561,705 doses, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

Coronavirus cases worldwide surpassed 200 million on Aug. 4, according to a Reuters tally, as the more-infectious Delta variant threatens areas with low vaccination rates and strains healthcare systems.