The United States is not doing well in early 2021. After the shocking images of the invasion of the capital by Trump supporters on January 6 in Washington, the country just set a new record for coronavirus victims in one day: 4,470 dead for the single day of Tuesday, January 12, according to figures from Johns Hopkins University.
Since the epidemic regained ground in the fall of 2020, the United States has no longer been able to regulate the spread of the virus. The situation has been particularly worrying since the end of December. There are currently about 131,000 people hospitalized due to Covid-19, according to the Covid Tracking Project, which analyzes data from across the country on a daily basis. Starting on January 26, any traveler wishing to travel to the United States will need to submit a negative Covid-19 test upon departure.
9.3 million first doses of injected vaccines
To get out of this health disaster, the government is counting on the vaccination campaign that began in mid-December and which, for the moment, only concerns residents and nursing staff. But this was delayed, especially by protocol: All vaccines must be certified 48 hours before shipping, which takes time. So far, 9.3 million people have received a first injection of one of the two vaccines authorized in the country, or less than 3% of the population.
According to experts, around 75% of the population would need to be vaccinated to achieve herd immunity. The new president of the United States, Joe Biden, who will take office on January 20, has pledged 1 million daily vaccinations during the first 100 days of his mandate. In total, the United States has recorded 22.8 million cases and more than 380,000 deaths from coronavirus since the start of the pandemic.