United States administers 356.4 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines

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The United States has administered 356 433 665 doses of COVID-19 vaccines in the country as of Sunday morning and distributed 415 957 645 doses, the USnCenters for Disease Control and Prevention said.

Those figures are up from the 355 768 825 vaccine doses the CDC said had gone into arms by Aug. 14 out of 415 915 655 doses delivered.

The agency said 198 088 722 people had received at least one dose while 168 362 058 people are fully vaccinated as of Saturday.

The CDC tally includes two-dose vaccines from Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech, as well as Johnson & Johnson’s one-shot vaccine as of 6:00 am on Sunday.

Meanwhile the number of children hospitalised with COVID-19 in the US hit a record high of just over 1 900 on Saturday, as hospitals across the South were stretched to capacity fighting outbreaks caused by the highly transmissible Delta variant.

The Delta variant, which is rapidly spreading among mostly the unvaccinated portion of the US population, has caused hospitalisations to spike in recent weeks, driving up the number of pediatric hospitalizations to 1 902 on Saturday, according to data from the US Department of Health and Human Services.

Children currently make up about 2.4% of the nation’s COVID-19 hospitalisations.

Kids under 12 are not eligible to receive the vaccine, leaving them more vulnerable to infection from the new, highly transmissible variant.