"Today, for the first time since the pandemic began, cases pandemic cases are down in all 50 states...first time. That's right.”
U.S. President Joe Biden on Monday announced that cases of the novel coronavirus were on the decline in all fifty U.S. states for the first time since the start of the health crisis--
And… COVID deaths are at their lowest in nearly 14 months.. in what marks another milestone in the fight against the pandemic.
“I can't promise that will continue this way. We know there will be advances and setbacks and we know that there are many flare ups that could occur. But if the unvaccinated get vaccinated, they will protect themselves and other unvaccinated people around them. If they do not, states with low vaccination rates may see those rates go up, may see this progress reversed.”
With the pandemic outlook brightening at home… Biden announced the U.S. will send at least 20 million more COVID-19 vaccine doses abroad by the end of June, marking the first time the United States is sharing vaccines authorized for domestic use…
“We know America will never be fully safe until the pandemic raging globally is under control. No ocean is wide enough, no wall is high enough to keep us safe.”
Biden said his administration will send doses of the Pfizer BioNTech, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines, on top of 60 million AstraZeneca doses he had already planned to give to other countries.
Unlike the others, AstraZeneca's shot is not yet authorized in the U.S.
BIDEN: "Just as in World War Two America was the arsenal of democracy, in the battle against COVID-19 pandemic our nation is going to be the arsenal of vaccines."
GHEBREYESUS: “The world is in vaccine apartheid.”
The announcement from the United States came on the same day World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the world had entered a stage of “vaccine apartheid” and added that high income countries account for “15 percent of the world’s population but have 45 percent of the world’s vaccines.”
Ghebreyesus said the only solution to vaccine inequity is more sharing.