New infections exceed single-day record with almost 1 million cases; FDA OKs Pfizer booster for 12- to 15-year-olds: COVID updates

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The omicron variant intensely spread and created newly contracted cases from the January 1 weekend which resulted over 3 times as many new cases as in any previous wave of the coronavirus within the country as U.S health authorities tallying — over 1 million reported on Monday alone.

About 1 of each 100 Americans will are reported as positive in barely the last week, in keeping with data from Johns Hopkins University. This substantial increase in coronavirus infections was already estimated this week’s numbers came out, which is unexpectedly high.

As of 7:30 p.m. ET on Monday, Johns Hopkins University data showed about 1,042,000 more cases than the day before, and it wasn’t immediately clear that everyone states reported in. That count clearly includes massive numbers of backlogged cases. About one-fifth of states reported infections Saturday and one-third Sunday.

The preliminary total for Monday could drive the country to a weekly average of near 450,000 cases per day. The previous highest total for an entire week, 1.76 million, figures to be not only surpassed but doubled.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday expanded the emergency use authorization of a booster of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine to incorporate youths 12 to fifteen. They also reduced the desired wait time for a booster from six to 5 months after the second shot for anyone 12 and older.

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“Hopefully this may be not just a demand people to travel get their recall dose,” except for the tens of several unvaccinated Americans to rethink that choice, FDA vaccine chief Peter Marks said. “It’s not too late to start out to urge vaccinated.”

On Tuesday, President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris arrange to meet with the White House coronavirus response team to debate a course of action as omicron becomes ubiquitous.