The push to get people vaccinated in the United States now includes longer pharmacy hours, free childcare for those getting inoculated, and free beer. “If you’re too busy at work or at school, you can get vaccinated around the clock,” said President Joseph Biden. The administration also said that multiple companies are offering special perks for those who get vaccinated. These programs include free beer on Independence Day from Anheuser-Busch and complimentary tickets to Major League Baseball games. “We need everyone across the country to pull together to put us over the finish line,“ the president said. “Let’s go into the summer freer and safer.”
As of Thursday morning, the world has recorded over 172.5 million Covid-19 cases and has seen over 3.7 million deaths, according to Worldometer, a service that tracks such information. In addition, over 155 million people worldwide have recovered from the virus.
Since the start of vaccinations at the end of last year, more than 2.02 billion doses have been administered across the globe as of Thursday morning, the equivalent of approximately 26 doses for every 100 people.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that, as of Wednesday, 168.7 million people in the United States have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. Approximately 62.9% of the population over the age of 18 –some 162.3 million people – has received at least a first inoculation, including 133.8 million people, or 51.9% of the same population, who have received both doses. Meanwhile, 60.2% of the population over the age of 12, or 168.6 million people, have received at least one shot, including 136.1 million, or 48.6% of the same population, who have received both doses. Overall, 41% of the population, or 136.1 million people, has been fully vaccinated against the virus.
New York City is beginning a “Shots and Shots” campaign near popular nightlife destinations to get younger people vaccinated. The city will park mobile vaccine buses outside such venues. If Saturday Night Life had not already broadcast its final episode of the season, the Weekend Update segment would likely carry the headliner “New York City to Get People Drunk in Order to Them Get Vaccinated.”
Meanwhile, cases are rising in the far northern counties of California such as Tehama. That county ranked highest in the LA Times case ratings, with 139 cases per 100,000 residents, while nearby Siskiyou county saw half of its total death count occur since the start of May. The region has been forceful in pushing back against mask mandates and social distancing.
Apple CEO asked Apple employees to return to the office three days a week starting in September, according to an internal memorandum viewed by Frequent Business Traveler.
Finally, over 10,000 of the 80,000 volunteers who were slated to help with the 2021 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo have quit, the CEO of the organizing committee, Toshiro Muto, said, adding that there was “no doubt” that the volunteers were concerned about contracting the coronavirus given the surge in cases there.
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