About one out of 10 New York state residents have now received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, but state officials said they expect only small increases in vaccine supply over the next few weeks.
The state has administered 2.5 million doses of the vaccines developed by Moderna Inc. and the partnership between Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday. The governor said it was a significant milestone for the state that comes as Covid-19 infection rates continue to fall following a postholiday surge.
“That is a big deal. This vaccine is the weapon that will win the war,” Mr. Cuomo said in a call with reporters. “We know the vaccine is successful, and it’s now a question of production and supply. So there is reason to be optimistic and hopeful. The numbers are coming down, the vaccines are going up.”
The state’s positivity rate for Covid-19 continues to fall, the latest indication that New York is recovering from a jump in cases in the state following the Thanksgiving and winter holiday seasons, Mr. Cuomo said. The seven-day average dropped to 4.38%, the lowest it has been since the beginning of December, he said.
The number of people hospitalized because of Covid-19 also is declining, Mr. Cuomo said. There are 7,875 people hospitalized, down from more than 9,000 in mid-January. There were 138 Covid-19 deaths in the state on Monday, he said.
Source: WSJ – US News