New Covid cases drop sharply as millions get vaccinated

As of Saturday, the 7-day average of daily new cases fell to under 50,000, down 17 percent from the week prior. Hospitalizations and deaths from the disease are also falling. Former FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb said the drop in new Covid-19 cases would likely continue, and predicted a “relatively quiet summer when it comes to coronavirus spread.” More than 100 million people (nearly a third of the populatoin) in the U.S. are fully vaccinated against Covid-19. For access to live and exclusive video from CNBC subscribe to CNBC PRO:

About 2 in 5 American adults are now fully vaccinated for Covid-19, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data shows, as the rate of new coronavirus infections continues to decline.

The U.S. is averaging 2.4 million reported vaccinations per day over the past week, down from a high point of 3.4 million daily shots on April 13.

The rate of new infections is also declining. The country is reporting an average of 49,000 cases per day, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, down from more than 70,000 just a few weeks ago.

U.S. vaccine shots administered

About 2.1 million vaccines were reported given Sunday, bringing the seven-day average to 2.4 million per day.

Meeting demand for shots is no longer the main challenge in many places, as states confront vaccine access and hesitancy barriers in their populations. Seventeen states have reported a decrease in shots given for three weeks in a row or more, according to a CNBC analysis of CDC data.

U.S. share of the population vaccinated

Nearly 45% of Americans have received at least one dose of a vaccine, and 32% are fully vaccinated.

Of those aged 18 and older, 56% are at least partially vaccinated and 40% are fully vaccinated.

“We’re not going to get everyone vaccinated,” former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb told CNBC’s “Squawk Box” on Monday.

“If we can get two-thirds of the population vaccinated or a little bit better than that, that’s going to be a pretty good level of protection,” he said.

U.S. Covid cases

The rate of new infections has fallen to the lowest level in months, according to Johns Hopkins data. Over the weekend, the U.S. seven-day average of daily new cases dropped below 50,000 for the first time since October.

Daily new cases have declined by 5% or more in 22 states and the District of Columbia over the past week. New hospital admissions of Covid patients are also declining, CDC data shows.

Elsewhere, Covid outbreaks are reaching new heights. India accounts for 1 in every 3 new coronavirus cases globally, according to the World Health Organization, with nearly 7 million cases reported in April.

U.S. Covid deaths

The U.S. is reporting an average of 683 Covid deaths per day, according to Johns Hopkins data.

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