Covid-19 in the United States: vaccination continues, so does the rise in infections

At a Covid-19 vaccination center in Paterson, New Jersey on January 21, 2021. AP - Seth Wenig

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In the United States, the vaccination campaign continues to gain momentum, but this is not enough to slow the pace of the pandemic.

Joe Biden has promised that 90% of American adults would be eligible for the vaccine by April 19, but the U.S. president urged vigilance on Monday March 29.

New infections rose 12% last week in the country, with peaks recorded in the northeast, and the milestone of 30 million people infected has been crossed.


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With our correspondent in Washington,

Anne Corpet


The war against


is far from won,

 ” recalled Joe Biden.

And, in a moved voice, the director of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention added: “ 

There are many reasons to hope, but right now I'm afraid.


► To read also: Joe Biden emphasizes vaccines

A dreaded fourth wave

In fact, infections are on the rise in the United States: nearly 63,000 new cases have been recorded in the past week.

As a result of the


of people over 65, it is now younger patients who clutter hospitals: the number of patients aged 35 to 44 has increased by 41% over the past seven weeks.

It is in Michigan that the increase is the most worrying: the number of cases has increased by 133% in two weeks.

Experts link this increase to the relaxation of health precautions.

Many states have removed the requirement to wear a mask and lifted restrictions on gatherings.

Health authorities fear the arrival of a fourth wave of the pandemic.

Joe Biden called on local authorities to stop the process of reopening the economy.


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