In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has published further public data about breakthrough Covid-19 cases and it shows that vaccines have been highly effective at reducing infections, hospitalizations and death. As of late April, around 101 million Americans had been fully vaccinated and the CDC's data states that 10,262 cases of Covid-19 occurred among fully vaccinated people, 995 of whom required hospitalization with 160 deaths recorded. The trends mirror those of Israel which has reported a handful of infections among its fully vaccinated population with a successful vaccine rollout resulting in both cases and hospitalizations collapsing.
While breakthrough cases have been expected as no vaccine is 100 percent effective, the number of infections, hospitalizations and deaths represent an extremely small share of the total number of people fully vaccinated. Covid-19 transmission was still continuing at a high level during the week of April 24th to April 30th, proof of how vaccines successfully curbed the spread of the disease. The data from the CDC is just the latest in a week full of good pandemic-related news for Americans.
The Biden administration has announced that the U.S. has passed another huge milestone in its vaccination campaign with half of all U.S. adults now fully vaccinated. There was further good news with the U.S. reporting its lowest number of Covid-19 cases in nearly a year with deaths also falling to their lowest level since March 2020. Moderna also announced that its vaccine provides strong protection to children as young as 12, enhancing the prospects of younger age groups.