Today’s In Crisis headlines


(NEW YORK) — Here are today’s In Crisis headlines:

Eight dead in Atlanta-area shootings
At least eight people were killed in three separate shootings at spas in the Atlanta area on Tuesday, according to law enforcement officials.  Four people were killed and one other injured at a massage parlor in Cherokee County late Tuesday afternoon; shortly after, shootings at two Atlanta massage parlors across the street from each other left another four people dead.  Six of those killed are believed to be Asian women, with the other two a white man and woman.  A Hispanic man wounded in the attacks remains hospitalized.  Robert Aaron Long of Woodstock, Georgia, a 21-year-old white male, was taken into custody and is believed to have carried out all of the attacks, say police.  Officials are working to determine the motive for the shootings, which come as violence against Asian-Americans is on the rise in some U.S. cities in recent months.

COVID-19 numbers
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: 120,799,704
Global deaths: 2,672,645.  The United States has the most deaths of any single country, with 536,922.
Number of countries/regions: at least 192
Total patients recovered globally: 68,507,454

Latest reported COVID-19 numbers in the United States per Johns Hopkins University
There are at least 29,549,554 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 536,922.  California has the greatest number of reported deaths in the U.S., with 56,796.
U.S. total people tested: 375,491,000

The greatest number of reported COVID-19 cases in the U.S. is in California, with 3,628,171 confirmed cases out of a total state population of 39.51 million.  This ranks second in the world after England, which has 3,736,240 cases.  Texas is third, with 2,737,763 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 142,918,525 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been distributed in the U.S.  Of those, 110,737,856 doses have been administered, with 72,135,616 people receiving at least one dose and 39,042,345 people fully vaccinated, representing 27.9% and 15.1% of the total U.S. population, respectively. The Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines each require two doses to be effective.  The Johnson & Johnson vaccine requires a single dose to be effective.

Fauci to testify before House today about COVID-19 vaccination efforts
Dr. Anthony Fauci and other top Biden administration officials are scheduled to testify before the House Energy and Commerce Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee today about the ongoing efforts to vaccinate all Americans against COVID-19 as quickly as possible.  The testimony comes as the House committee — which directly oversees the Food and Drug Administration, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health — continues to review the administration’s efforts to ramp-up production and distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine in the U.S.  CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky and Dr. Peter Marks, head of the FDA’s center on vaccines, are also scheduled to testify.  According to the CDC, at least 110,737,856 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered so far in the U.S.

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