The United States continues to lead the world with the highest number of deaths from COVID-19. To date, more than 567-thousand Americans have died. But there is a sliver of hope. Every U.S. adult is now eligible for a vaccine and according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention more than 131-million Americans has received at least one dose. On Friday, a review panel will meet to discuss the Johnson and Johnson vaccine which was paused after reports of a rare and severe type of blood clot in individuals. Across Europe, France and Italy remain in lock-down after a third deadly surge of the coronavirus. But Italy announced it will ease some restrictions next week, allowing for outdoor dining. The United Kingdom is also starting to reopen, after a three-month lock-down. Hospitalizations in Britain are at the lowest level since last summer.
Joining the discussion:
- Erin Zaleski is a journalist and contributor to The Daily Beast.
- Chris Smith is a Consultant Virologist at the University of Cambridge and presenter of the Naked Scientists podcast.
- Dr. Krishna Udayakumar is the Founding Director of the Duke Global Health Innovation Center.
- Hilary Brueck is a Senior Health and Science Reporter at Insider in New York.
More than 10m people fully vaccinated against Covid in UK https://t.co/RjR360BvgU
— BBC News (UK) (@BBCNews) April 19, 2021
— The Hill (@thehill) April 10, 2021
Fauci predicts J&J pause will lift by Friday as U.S. hits key vaccination milestone https://t.co/bz5LAMgHvq
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) April 19, 2021