February 15 According to real-time statistics from Johns Hopkins University in the United States, as of 8:24 Beijing time on the 15th, the cumulative number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 worldwide has exceeded 108 million, and the number of deaths has exceeded 2.39 million.
In the United States, the growth rate of new confirmed cases has slowed down, but health officials appealed to the public to remain vigilant.
Some studies have found that the United States had Variant COVID-19 as early as July 2020.
At present, the United States is promoting coronavirus vaccination, but data in some areas are chaotic, leading to vaccination workers. There are many difficulties.
The average daily increase in 7 days in the United States has dropped to less than 100,000 cases.
At present, the cumulative number of confirmed cases and more than 485,000 deaths in the United States has exceeded 27 million.
According to Johns Hopkins statistics, the average number of increasing confirmed cases in the United States for seven consecutive days reached 200,000 in December 2020 and increased to about 250,000 in January 2021.
However, this average data fell below 100,000 cases for the first time after more than three months on February 12, 2021, and the data on February 13 also remained below 100,000 cases.
In response, Rochelle Valensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said, “Though these downward trends are encouraging, it is from a very high position.” Valensky also pointed out that the increasing number of confirmed cases in the United States is still about 100,000, and there are still about 1,500 to 3,500 deaths every day, which is about 2.5 times the number in the summer of 2020.
In view of this, Valensky called on the public to continue to wear masks and remain vigilant.
In addition, Valensky also said that the Variant novel coronavirus seems to be more infectious and has spread to more than 30 states in the United States, which may lead to more confirmed and deaths in the United States.
Study: Variant COVID-19 has appeared in the United States in July 2020
A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed that a Variant novel coronavirus had been discovered in Los Angeles County, California, as early as July 2020.
Research shows that the Variant virus called “CAL.20C” is spreading in at least 19 states in the United States and has spread to six countries around the world.
Fauci: Vaccination can better prevent re-infection
In order to control the epidemic, the United States is trying to promote the vaccination of the novel coronavirus.
According to the data of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the United States has received nearly 53 million doses of vaccine so far, of which 14.07 million have completed two doses.
Regarding whether vaccination can prevent Variant viruses, Fauci, an American infectious disease expert, said on the 14th local time that there was indeed a re-infection of Variant virus in South Africa.
Fauci, however, believes that while the variant virus reduces the effectiveness of the vaccine to some extent, “the vaccine still has some buffers and can provide some protection”, and said that vaccination can better prevent re-infection.
California’s coronavirus vaccination data is chaotic
Nevertheless, in the actual vaccination process in the United States, there are many problems.
On February 14th, local time, the Los Angeles Times reported that the state’s vaccination data has become “abnormally chaotic” due to a series of reasons such as dose omissions, upload errors, time delays and software failures, which prevents the state from tracking the doses of vaccines available at any time.
Previously, California Governor Newsom had been calling for faster vaccination and threatened to withdraw the vaccine from areas where vaccination was slow.
However, due to problems in vaccine data management, many county officials in California worry that the wrong data will lead to wrong conclusions from state governments, which will lead to increased contradictions between governments at all levels and reduce vaccination efficiency.