The United States hit a major vaccination milestone Sunday with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirming half of all American adults have now received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose.
According to data compiled by the CDC, nearly 130 million people ages 18 and older, or roughly 50.4% of the nation’s total adult population, have received at least one shot that offers protection against the coronavirus.
Some of the vaccines are approved for emergency use in teenagers who are as young as 16. When those vaccinations are included, there have been more than 131.2 million vaccine doses administered as of Sunday morning, or roughly 39.5% of the nation’s total population, KMGH reported.
Meanwhile, 83 million adults, or roughly 32.5% of the total adult population, are fully vaccinated with one of the three COVID-19 vaccines approved in the United States.
The national milestone was announced one day after the virus’ global death toll topped 3 million people, and by 6 p.m. ET Sunday, the United States had confirmed nearly 31.7 million cumulative COVID-19 cases that have resulted in more than 567,000 deaths, according to a Johns Hopkins University tally
Despite the progress being made in the largest U.S. vaccine campaign to date and an average of 3.3 million daily vaccine doses reportedly administered during the past week, an average of 68,000 new coronavirus infections are reported daily nationwide, CNBC reported.
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