The streak of gains continued for the daily average of new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, and deaths also hit a 2 1/2-month high, leaving Moderna Inc. mRNA took the lead,
Chief executive Stefan Bansel says people who are fully vaccinated may need another booster shot later this year. The seven-day average for COVID-19-related hospitalizations rose to 116,029 on Thursday, up 65% from two weeks ago and the highest level since January 27. A New York Times Tracker, The daily average for cases has risen to 610,989 since December 15 on Thursday, up 227% two weeks ago and 143% higher than the January 11, 2021 peak of 251,232. The daily average of COVID-19-related deaths rose 2% to 1,404 from two weeks ago, the highest since October 26. The number of fully vaccinated Americans ticked up to 207.12 million, or 62.4% of the population, while 72.99 million people, or 35.3% of the population, have been vaccinated, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Data, On a global basis, the total number of COVID-19 cases rose to 300.39 million and the death toll topped 5.47 million as of Friday morning, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University. The US leads the world with the total number of COVID-19 cases at 58.49 million and the death toll at 833,989.