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Vaccines are helping bring down US Covid-19 numbers. But the virus is now hitting one group of Americans harder

May 4, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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America's daily Covid-19 cases and deaths are now about one-fifth of what they were during their winter peaks -- and one expert says the country's improved numbers have a lot to do with the climbing vaccinations.

(CNN)America's daily Covid-19 cases and deaths are now about one-fifth of what they were during their winter peaks -- and one expert says the country's improved numbers have a lot to do with the climbing vaccinations.

And the country has averaged more than 49,400 new Covid-19 cases daily in the past week, according to Johns Hopkins.

"Younger, unvaccinated Oregonians are now showing up in our hospitals with severe cases of COVID-19," Brown said in a statement.

The US vaccination rate has slowed, and experts say the country is now at the hard part of its inoculation efforts: reaching Americans who aren't as eager to get a shot or still have challenges with access.

What could likely happen, one expert said, is communities that have a lower vaccination coverage will continue to see high transmission of the virus, while in other parts of the country with more vaccinations, case rates will be much lower.

A federal government official told CNN the Food and Drug Administration is poised to authorize Pfizer/BioNTech's Covid-19 vaccine in children and teens 12 to 15 years old by early next week.

The FDA, which is currently reviewing data submitted by Pfizer, will have to amend the emergency use authorization for the vaccine, but the process should be straightforward, the official said.

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