Jan. 4 (UPI) — The US recorded one other 200,000 COVID-19 infections and practically 1,400 deaths on Sunday after setting new highs through the weekend, up to date information from Johns Hopkins College confirmed.

There have been 210,500 confirmed new infections, someday after the USA shattered its all-time document with practically 297,000 infections in a single day, the JHU researchers reported.

The U.S. seven-day common rose to just about 214,000 new every day circumstances, a 16% leap over final week, in accordance with the well being information web site Stat.

In the meantime, 1,396 extra Individuals died — about 1,000 fewer than on Saturday. Nevertheless, statistics launched on Mondays normally are decrease resulting from delays in reporting over the weekend.

For the reason that begin of the pandemic, the USA has logged 20.6 million COVID-19 circumstances and 351,590 deaths.

After briefly falling under the 125,000 mark on Saturday, hospitalizations nationwide rose to greater than 125,500 on Sunday, in accordance with the COVID Monitoring Challenge. There have been a minimum of 100,000 Individuals hospitalized daily for greater than a month.

Secretary of Well being and Human Companies Alex Azar on Monday defended the nationwide rollout of COVID-19 vaccines, describing delays in delivering them to states as “regular.”

Azar, showing on ABC’s Good Morning America, stated he’s “shocked there have not been extra glitches” in what’s “the most important vaccination marketing campaign within the historical past of the USA.”

The Trump administration’s Operation Warp Velocity vaccine program was criticized final week after solely 2 million individuals had been vaccinated by the top of December — far under authorities objectives of 20 million vaccinations.

A complete of 4.28 million doses got nationwide by Saturday, in accordance with a tally by the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention.

Azar, nevertheless, maintained the rollout stays “on observe.”

“We stated our aim was to have 20 million first doses accessible within the month of December,” he stated. “These can be found, however there is a lag between doses being accessible, them being ordered by the suppliers within the states, delivery after which eventual vaccination, particularly when you have got Christmas and New 12 months’s within the center.”

The Meals and Drug Administration this week will think about whether or not half-doses of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine must be given to individuals between ages 18 to 55, in accordance with a high Operation Warp Velocity official.

Moncef Slaoui, chief scientific adviser for the Trump administration’s vaccine program, instructed CNN Sunday the company will study making the transfer with the intention to vaccinate twice as many individuals in that age group.

The FDA will look into slicing the present 100-microgram dose in half, with one other half-dose coming after 28 days. Medical trial information confirmed comparable effectiveness for the Moderna vaccine at both dose degree.

Slaoui stated it was unclear if the same “messenger RNA” vaccine produced by Pfizer would even be a candidate for dose slicing since its beneficial dose is smaller at 30 micrograms.

The FDA has not but begun discussing that as a risk, he stated.

In different COVID-19 information Monday:

  • The unions representing Hollywood display screen actors and producers have beneficial a short lived maintain on in-person film and tv productions in Southern California resulting from rampant COVID-19 unfold within the state. The Display screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Tv and Radio Artists and the Producers Guild of America famous the capability disaster going through hospitals in Southern California because of the pandemic.
  • Inauguration celebrations for President-elect Joe Biden will embody a digital parade as a substitute of the standard march within the Capitol because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Biden Inaugural Committee stated Sunday that the Jan. 20 occasion will embody a “Digital Parade Throughout America” that might be televised dwell.