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Half of all Americans have now been fully vaccinated against Covid-19, according to the White House Covid-19 data director.

Cyrus Shahpar revealed on Friday morning that 50% of U.S. residents have now completed their immunization schedule.

After a rapid start, the rollout of vaccination in the United States slowed down in late spring and early summer. The seven-day average of new daily reported doses fell to a six-month low of around 432,500 in early July, after peaking at more than 3.4 million per day in mid-April, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

This slowdown has allowed places like the UK, EU and Canada to overtake the US, in terms of fully vaccinated population, despite slower or more difficult starts to roll out their vaccines.

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Many leaders at the federal, state and local levels of the U.S. government, as well as public health officials, have said immunization rates have increased more recently, potentially in response to better awareness, education or changes. concerns about the adverse effects of the rapid spread of the delta. variant of Covid-19 in unvaccinated individuals.

An average of around 590,000 doses were administered per day in the week through August 2, according to the CDC, while Shahpar said in his Twitter post on Friday that 821,000 doses had been administered in the past day, including 565,000 people newly vaccinated.

The United States reached the milestone of 70% of American adults earlier this week having received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine. President Joe Biden had hoped to achieve that goal by July 4.

Twenty states have fully immunized at least 50% of their population, according to CDC figures which were last updated Thursday. Vermont, with 67.7% complete vaccines, has the highest coverage level of any state, while Alabama ranks last with 34.6%.

CDC figures, due for update later today, show more than 165.6 million Americans have been fully immunized, or 49.9% of the population.



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