More than one million people vaccinated 'by the end of January', French Health Minister says
"We hope to have vaccinated more than one million French people by the end of January,' French Health Minister Olivier Veran said on Tuesday. The #French health ministry reported 3,582 new #coronavirus infections over the past 24 hours, a figure lower than Sunday's 15,944.
Recent projections from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation suggest the U.S. could surpass half a million deaths from COVID-19 by the end of February if states do not take stronger measures to control the pandemic. Dr. Dyan Hes, founder of Gramercy Pediatrics, joins CBSN to discuss the new more contagious variant popping up across the country. The number of coronavirus deaths in the U.S. -- more than 342,000 to close out 2020-- is rapidly increasing. Only about 2.8 million people have received the first dose of the vaccine, far short of the government's goal of 20 million people vaccinated by the end of the year, as the highly infectious U.K. variant is being reported in at least two states. Dr. Amesh Adalja, an infectious disease expert and senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, discusses with Jamie Yuccas on CBSN. Speaking from Downing Street, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said 1.1million people - 1.3million across the UK - have received the first dose of the COVID vaccine.
And he said that within two to three weeks, one in four people in the most vulnerable groups will have a "significant degree of immunity".
Next week seven vaccination centres will open in sports stadiums and exhibition centres. Israel said Sunday two million people will have received a two-dose Covid-19 vaccination by the end of January, a pace Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu boasts is the world's fastest.