COVID update: green light for vaccination for 16+

New York and Maryland will open up vaccination eligibility for those over 16 on Tuesday, the day after 12 states did the same, as the country continues to race against mutated forms of coronavirus spread.

These two states will join a dozen others that have pioneered vaccination for everyone over 16: Alabama, Florida, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Michigan, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Wisconsin.

The increase in vaccine availability comes as COVID-19 variants continue to spread and more than 16,000 cases of the disease have been reported across the country.

Federal vaccination centers continue to pop up, with three more announced Monday by the White House, bringing the total to 28 vaccination sites in South Carolina, Colorado and Minnesota.

But experts warned of a potential fourth wave of illness after spring break when students returned home.

Also in the news:

► The United Nations says the UN-backed program to provide COVID-19 vaccines to the world’s most vulnerable people to date has delivered more than 36 million doses to 86 poor and developing countries.

►A senior US public health official says young people are driving the latest spike in COVID-19, as rising vaccination rates among older Americans are preventing the most serious cases of the disease.

► The Nationals will kick off their season on Tuesday, hosting the Atlanta Braves after Major League Baseball postponed the opening of a three-match series on Monday amid the coronavirus outbreak, which was attended by 11 Washington players.

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► The British government says all adults and children will be able to have regular coronavirus tests twice a week to root out new outbreaks as the UK emerges from isolation.

► Vice President Kamala Harris has pledged that a popular vaccination center in her home state of California will remain open. The Oakland Coliseum was scheduled to end vaccinations Sunday after an eight-week contract with FEMA, but the center will remain open.

Today’s numbers: The United States has over 30.7 million confirmed coronavirus cases and 555,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.

Global totals: More than 131.7 million cases and 2.8 million deaths. At least 207 million doses of vaccines have been distributed and 167 million injected in the United States, according to the CDC.

A source: USA TODAY

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