The United States reported the lowest number of new Covid-19 cases in nearly a year for the week ended May 23, with new infections dropping 26 percent from the previous seven days to just under 180,000, according to a Reuters analysis of state and county data.
Uber Technologies Inc. and rival Lyft Inc. on May 24 launched Covid-19 vaccine ride programs in partnership with the White House, offering Americans free rides or discounts for their trips to and from a vaccination site.
India’s export ban on Covid-19 shots risks dragging the battle against the pandemic “back to square one” unless wealthy nations step in to plug a gaping hole in the COVAX global vaccine-sharing scheme, health specialists said on May 20.
Kids in the United States will likely be able to get Covid-19 vaccinations by the end of 2021 or the first quarter of 2022, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, said at an event on May 19.
Nearly two-thirds of people tested in India have shown exposure to Covid-19, a chain of private laboratories said on May 19, indicating a runaway spread of the virus as the daily death toll rose to a record 4,529.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott on May 18 ordered all government entities in the state, including school districts, to lift mask mandates by week’s end, though existing guidelines for face-coverings in schools may remain in effect through June 4.
The United States had administered 275,535,207 doses of Covid-19 vaccines in the country as of the morning of May 18 and distributed 346,672,525 doses, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.
The United States administered Covid-19 vaccinations to around 600,000 children ages 12 to 15 last week after regulators cleared Pfizer’s and BioNTech’s shots for use in that age group, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky said in a media call on May 18.
President Joe Biden will send at least 20 million more Covid-19 vaccine doses abroad by the end of June, marking the first time the United States is sharing vaccines authorized for domestic use.
U.S. deaths from Covid-19 for the week ended May 16 fell to their lowest in nearly 14 months and the number of new cases continued to decline for a fifth week in a row, according to a Reuters analysis of state and county data.