(Fighting against New Coronary Pneumonia) The number of new crown cases in the United States exceeds 80 million, and those aged 50 and over can be vaccinated with the second booster shot

  China News Agency, Washington, March 29 (Reporter Sha Hanting) According to statistics from Johns Hopkins University in the United States, the cumulative number of confirmed new coronary pneumonia cases in the United States exceeded 80 million on the 29th, and the death toll exceeded 978,000.

  Data show that as of 15:00 on the 29th, the cumulative number of confirmed new coronary pneumonia cases in the United States reached 80,003,562, and the death toll was 978,173.

According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the average daily number of new cases in the United States in the past 7 days is about 27,000, and the average daily death toll is 690.

  On the same day, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the second booster dose of Pfizer or Moderna’s new crown vaccine for people 50 years and older.

The second booster dose should be at least 4 months apart from the first booster dose.

  Peter Marks, head of the FDA's vaccine division, said in a statement that current data show that for the elderly and immunocompromised, the efficacy of the new crown vaccine in preventing severe disease will gradually decrease, and a second booster dose can be given. protection of the crowd.

Marks also urged those who have not yet received a booster shot to get it as soon as possible.

He said the data showed that for all adults, booster shots could play an important role in preventing severe illness.

  The FDA has previously approved a second booster dose for immunocompromised individuals 12 years and older.

  The FDA said on the same day that the FDA decided that the potential benefits of giving a second booster dose to people 50 years and older outweighed the potential risks, so it made the decision.

According to the FDA, data from the Israeli Ministry of Health shows that 700,000 people over the age of 18 have received the second booster dose of Pfizer’s new crown vaccine, of which 600,000 are people over the age of 60.

There are currently no safety concerns associated with the second booster shot.

  According to CDC statistics, more than 255 million people in the United States have received a dose of vaccine, accounting for 76.9% of the total population; more than 217 million people have been vaccinated, accounting for 65.5% of the total population; 97.31 million people have received booster shots, accounting for 44.8% of vaccinations have been completed.

  The latest data from the CDC shows that at present, the subvariant BA.2 of Omicron has become the dominant strain circulating in the United States, accounting for 54.9% of new cases.

Among them, in the northeastern region, BA.2 has accounted for 70%, and in the southern and western regions, BA.2 accounts for about one-third.