June 22, Updates

Delta variant grew 40% in California last week

The Delta strain had previously barely registered on the weekly new variants count posted by the CA Department of Public Health. But the number of cases related to Delta and related variants discovered in the state rose from 286 to 399. That’s about a 40% rise week-over-week. The total is, of course, still tiny compared to the 3 million-plus infections from other strains in the region.

CDC to discuss if heart ailment is linked to vaccines

Vaccine advisers to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are scheduled to meet Wednesday to discuss reports linking heart inflammation to the coronavirus vaccine in youths and young adults. Doctors who have treated such cases say they’re easily treated and most affected people have recovered. Advisors will discuss the link and whether the benefits of vaccination outweigh any risks.

Encouraging milestones on coronavirus deaths and shots

COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. have dipped below 300 a day for the first time since the early days in March 2020, while the drive to put shots in arms approached another encouraging milestone: 150 million Americans fully vaccinated.

Over 70% of Americans age 30 or older have received vaccine

More than 70% of Americans age 30 or older have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. A White House official said it is now redoubling its focus on vaccinating younger Americans age 18-26, who have proved to be least likely to get a vaccine when it’s available for them.

White House to share 55 million vaccines abroad

The Biden administration announced a plan for allocating an additional 55 million COVID-19 vaccines globally by the end of this month. Approximately 41 million of the 55 million doses will be shared through COVAX, with 14 million for Latin American and Caribbean countries, 16 million for Asia, 10 million for Africa.