States Leading COVID

Submitted by ub on Wed, 04/07/2021 - 10:50

Nearly half of USA new coronavirus infections are concentrated in five states. This health hazard is putting pressure on the federal government t

Public health officials now have to consider changing how it distributes vaccines by sending more doses to hot spots.

New York, Michigan, Florida, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey reported 44% of the nation’s new COVID-19 infections or nearly 197,500 new cases.

It is the latest available seven-day period, according to Johns Hopkins University. Total U.S. infections during the same week numbered more than 452,000.

The heavy concentration of new cases in states that account for 22% of the U.S. population has prompted some experts and elected officials to call on the Biden administration to ship additional vaccine doses to those places. So far, the White House has shown no signs of shifting from its policy of dividing vaccine doses among states based on population.