Today’s In Crisis headlines


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

At least 10 dead in Boulder, Colorado grocery store shooting; suspect in custody
A total of 10 people were killed, including a police officer, after a gunman opened fire at a King Soopers grocery store in Boulder, Colorado, Monday afternoon.  The officer has been identified by police as Eric Talley, 51, a member of the Boulder Police Department since 2010.   An as-yet unidentified suspect was apprehended at the scene and taken into custody.  A law enforcement source told ABC News that officers initially responded to a report of someone being shot in the parking lot of the supermarket and, when they arrived at the scene, a suspect carrying a long gun opened fire on them. Talley was the first officer to arrive on scene, where he was fatally shot.  Police officials are scheduled to hold a press conference this morning at 8:30 a.m. Mountain Time.  The Boulder shooting is the second mass shooting in the U.S. in less than a week.  One week ago today, a gunman shot and killed eight people, six of whom were Asian women, at three Atlanta-area spas.

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: 123,777,544
Global deaths: 2,725,512.  The United States has the most deaths of any single country, with 542,991.
Number of countries/regions: at least 192
Total patients recovered globally: 70,230,452

Latest reported COVID-19 numbers in the United States per Johns Hopkins University
There are at least 29,869,921 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 542,991.  California has the greatest number of reported deaths in the U.S., with 57,622.
U.S. total people tested: 383,458,672

The greatest number of reported COVID-19 cases in the U.S. is in California, with 3,644,488 confirmed cases out of a total state population of 39.51 million.  This ranks second in the world after England, which has 3,764,026 cases.  Texas is third, with 2,757,552 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 156,734,555 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been distributed in the U.S.  Of those, 126,509,736 doses have been administered, with 82,772,416 people receiving at least one dose and 44,910,946 people fully vaccinated, representing 24.9% and 13.5% 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.

US nearing 30 million COVID-19 cases
The U.S. is nearing 30 million total reported cases of COVID-19.  According to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, there were at least 29,869,921 reported cases as of Tuesday morning, 14 months and one day after the first COVID-19 case was reported in the United States.  Despite a recent downward infections trend, this remains the most cases reported in a single country and accounts for 24% of reported global infections.  The U.S. also reports the most COVID-19 deaths of any other nation, with 542,991, accounting for 20% of global fatalities.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is forecasting at least 554,000 to 574,000 total COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. by the week ending April 10.

AstraZeneca vaccine US trial data used “outdated information,” say officials
One day after pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca announced the U.S. Phase III human trial results for its COVID-19 vaccine, U.S. federal health officials on Tuesday said the trial results may have used “outdated information” that may have provided an incomplete view of the efficacy data.  AstraZeneca announced Monday that their vaccine was 79% effective at preventing symptomatic infection, and 100% effective at preventing “severe or critical disease and hospitalization” across all age groups. 

Appearing Monday on ABC’s Good Morning America, Dr. Anthony Fauci called the revelation “unfortunate” and “an unforced error.” He also acknowledged that such concerns with data accuracy could undoubtedly contribute to the hesitancy of Americans taking the vaccine to begin with.  The AstraZeneca vaccine is currently in use in more than 70 countries.  It’s not yet known if Monday’s news will affect efforts to win the FDA approval necessary for U.S. distribution.

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