By: Norman Dotson Jr./BNC Digital
White House advisors said the country is on track to vaccinate half of all adults by the weekend with at least one COVID-19 shot; however, this does not mean that the country is finished with the pandemic.
Five states have accounted for about 44% of new Covid-19 cases, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
According to the study pulled from state health agency, data shows that in the most recent seven-day period, there were more than 452,000 new COVID-19 cases reported in the U.S.; Nearly 197,500 of those cases, or 44 percent, were reported in New York, Michigan, Florida, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Michigan had the highest rate per capita and is leading the country in terms of new cases, JHU data showed, according to CNN.
Along with Michigan, Minnesota also reports some of the country’s highest new cases, said Director for the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota Michael Osterholm in the article.
“I wish we had another 3 or 4 months before this B.1.1.7. variant surge started to occur,” Osterholm said.
According to the article, despite improvements, the U.S. has a long way to reach herd immunity.
Dr. Anthony Fauci has estimated 70-85% of the population needs to become immune. He also adds that the pace for vaccinating all willing adults varies significantly among states, according to a CNN analysis of federal data.