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San Diego Zoo vaccinates great apes against COVID-19

It’s no monkey business: An ape may get its COVID-19 vaccine before you do. 

The San Diego Zoo announced on Thursday it was in the process of inoculating many of its great apes after several of its gorillas became sick with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, in January.

So far, four orangutans and five bonobos are in the process of being vaccinated, the San Diego Union Tribune reported. The zoo would only say “some of the members of the great apes” were being vaccinated.

Zoetis, a producer of medicine and vaccinations for animals, provided the shots, according to the zoo — and they were not for human use.

These are the first known vaccinations of great apes, the zoo said.

Here’s the latest data on COVID-19 coronavirus infections, deaths and vaccinations.

Latest reported COVID-19 numbers globally per Johns Hopkins University
Global diagnosed cases: 115,760,047
Global deaths: 2,571,789.  The United States has the most deaths of any single country, with 520,387.
Number of countries/regions: at least 192
Total patients recovered globally: 65,474,238

Latest reported COVID-19 numbers in the United States per Johns Hopkins University
There are at least 28,828,292 reported cases in 50 states + the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam.  This is more than in any other country.
U.S. deaths: at least 520,387.  California has the greatest number of reported deaths in the U.S., with 53,466.
U.S. total people tested: 355,533,183

The greatest number of reported COVID-19 cases in the U.S. is in California, with 3,587,567 confirmed cases out of a total state population of 39.51 million. This ranks second in the world after England, which has 3,679,671 cases.  Texas is third, with 2,683,386 confirmed cases out of a total state population of 29 million.

Latest reported COVID-19 vaccination numbers in the United States
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports a total of 109,905,530 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been distributed in the U.S.  Of those, 82,572,848 doses have been administered, with 54,035,670 people receiving one or more doses, and 27,795,980 people receiving two doses. The Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines, which are the two most prevalent in the U.S., each require two doses to be effective.

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