24.05.2021, 15:58

Rhode Island 8th US state to reach milestone of COVID-19 vaccination

Rhode Island 8th US state to reach milestone of COVID-19 vaccination

Staff members work at a drive-thru vaccination site in San Francisco, the United States, May 22, 2021. (Photo: Xinhua)   

Rhode Island has joined Connecticut, Hawaii, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey and Vermont to have administered at least one COVID-19 vaccine to 70 percent of their adult population, the latest official data showed.

This has been the eighth state out of the 50 US states and Washington, D.C. to reach the milestone that US President Joe Biden promised to meet nationwide before July 4 the Independence Day, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

So far, more than 61 percent of US adults have got at least one COVID-19 shot and more than 49 percent are fully vaccinated, showed CDC data.

However, "the demand for a shot is down -- and experts worry the slowing vaccinations may mean some communities don't reach the widespread protection levels that officials hope for and continue to face outbreaks," CNN reported on Sunday.

According to CDC data published on Thursday, the average daily pace of COVID-19 vaccinations was down almost 50 percent from its April peak.

Meanwhile, the country is seeing an average of 552 COVID-19 deaths per day, according to Johns Hopkins University data, the lowest level since July. A total of 589,730 COVID-19 deaths have been reported in the United States as of Sunday morning.