Roughly 61.5% of Americans over the age of 12 have received at least one vaccination dose, a figure that has only risen by a few percentage points over the past two and a half weeks. The number of doses administered has dropped by more than two-thirds since a mid-April peak. The US is averaging about 1.1 million shots per day, with 400,000 of those going to people receiving their first dose.
The slowdown threatens the Biden administration's goal of having 70% of US adults receive at
least one shot by July 4. About 15 million people would need to receive their initial dose over the next three weeks to meet the goal. See vaccination rates in your state here.
The seven-day rolling average of new cases in the US is around 14,000 per day (see
data), with average daily deaths falling to around 320 per day. The country is likely to pass 600,000 total reported COVID-19 deaths over the weekend or early next week.
'Miraculous' Mosquito Hack
Cases of dengue fever were cut by more than 77% in an Indonesian trial using mosquitoes infected with bacteria that provide a natural defense against the virus. Hailed as a groundbreaking study, the approach raises the possibility of eliminating a debilitating disease responsible for up to 400 million infections and thousands of deaths each year.
The insects were infected with the Wolbachia bacteria, found in about 60% of insects but not in the Aedes aegypti mosquito, the main carrier of dengue. The bacteria occupy the same space as the virus, competing for resources and dramatically slowing the replication of the virus. Scientists released infected mosquitoes into the local environment; after 10 months, the bacteria had spread through the insect population.
The wife of former Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán pleaded guilty yesterday in a US court to charges of international drug trafficking and money laundering. Admitting she helped run the multibillion-dollar Sinaloa cartel, 31-year-old Emma Coronel Aispuro faces up to life in prison.
Her husband, El Chapo, was sentenced to life in prison in 2019 in a trial that included more than 200 hours of testimony from 56 witnesses. At the time he was
finally arrested, he had reportedly racked up nearly $14B in total wealth. Read the history of the Sinaloa cartel here.
Coronel was born near San Francisco but grew up in a remote village in the northern Mexican state of Durango. Guzmán was said to have met her at a 2007 party thrown as part of a beauty pageant Coronel had entered; the pair reportedly agreed to marry that day.
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"The greatest gift is not being afraid to question."
- Ruby Dee
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