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More Americans received one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine than have tested positive for coronavirus

More Americans have received a single dose of the COVID-19 vaccine than have tested positive for COVID-19 — a huge milestone for the pandemic

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A vial of the Phase 3 Novavax coronavirus vaccine is seen ready for use in the trial at St. George’s University hospital in London Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020.

A vial of the Phase 3 Novavax coronavirus vaccine is seen ready for use in the trial at St. George’s University hospital in London Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020.

Associated Press

It’s official — more Americans have received a single dose of the COVID-19 vaccine than have tested positive for the coronavirus, Bloomberg reports.

  • So far, 26.5 million Americans received one or two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Meanwhile, 26.3 million people in the United States have tested positive for COVID-19.
  • In total, 443,000 people have died from the virus.

The United States has been distributing 1.34 million vaccine doses per day, which is highest daily rate in the world, according to Bloomberg.

  • 7.8% of Americans have received one or more doses of COVID-19.
  • 1.8% of Americans are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus.

Key quote

  • “It’s worth noting that today, for the first time, the data said that more people were vaccinated than were reported as newly diagnosed cases,” Paula Cannon, a professor of microbiology at the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine, told Bloomberg. “That’s worth celebrating. I’m all for that win.”

Importance of vaccinations

COVID-19 vaccinations will help the United States get closer to herd immunity, which will signal the end of the pandemic, according to The Hill. Multiple experts said between 70% and 85% of Americans will need the vaccine to reach that phase.

Recent dip in COVID-19 numbers

The Financial Times reports that the number of Americans in the hospital from COVID-19 dipped below 100,000 for the first time since December.

  • Nearly all states reported lower hospitalizations, too. California, Texas and Florida saw the steepest drops among all states, per The Financial Times.