Although the number of COVID-19 infections in the US is facing a significant decline in the last few weeks, the authorities still aim to vaccinate as many people as possible. Over 93.7 million vaccines for the coronavirus were administered in the US until now, according to Bloomberg.
Alaska just became the first American state that lifted eligibility requirements for all of its people who want to get vaccinated against COVID-19, according to TheHill.com. However, it’s still mandatory to be at least 16 years old or above and to live or work in Alaska, as Gov. Mike Dunleavy also confirms.
Alaska maintains one of the lowest mortality rates in the US
Dunleavy is very happy about how the American state is dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, as he declared:
This historic step is yet another nationwide first for Alaska, but it should come as no surprise. Since day one, your response to the pandemic has been hands-down the best in the nation.
He continued by saying:
I couldn’t be prouder of Alaska’s response. From being the first state to offer widespread testing, to maintaining one of the lowest mortality rates in the country, to rolling out vaccinations to every willing Alaskan, we got here by working together.
Alaska reported a total of only 301 deaths and over 57,000 infections caused by the COVID pandemic, according to worldometers.info. The numbers are indeed low considering how the pandemic situation looks in the entire USA: there’s a total of over 540,000 deaths from more than 29.8 million infections.
The US hit record daily COVID vaccinations over the last weekend. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) administered 5.3 million vaccine doses in the country in just several days, as the agency’s latest tally reveals. Although some American states have started to loosen the restrictions, public health officials believe that it may not be a wise move.