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Reopening a country where two-third of adults are vaccinated

 

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  • With two-thirds of UK adults vaccinated and a low-risk approach towards reopening, the day the UK reaches zero death from the disease may not be that far off.
  • Covid cases in the US are falling in 30 states with a third of Americans now fully vaccinated.

 
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UK

  • Two-thirds of UK adults – 35 million – have been vaccinated with a first dose of a COVID-19 jab, and more than 16.7 million people in the UK vaccinated with a second dose of a COVID-19 jab.
  • As deaths from Covid inch closer to zero, indoor venues such as restaurants and cinemas will (cautiously) reopen on May 17th and limited international travel to countries with similarly low levels of Covid will be permitted this summer. The UK is taking a very low risk approach to reopening, but life will start to get closer to normal next week.
  • Case rates per 100,000 have fallen in all age groups apart from those aged 5 to 9 which has seen a slight increase with a rate of 16.1 compared to 14.7 in the previous week.

 
US

  • The rate of daily Covid infections is declining in 30 states and the District of Columbia as 1 in 3 Americans are now fully vaccinated.
  • 48% of adults from the state of New York adults are fully vaccinated.

 
Europe

  • Vaccinations are picking up pace in the European Union, with an average of nearly three million doses administered each day over the last week.
  • Spain has lifted a state of emergency in place since October to fight the pandemic, allowing Spaniards to travel between regions for the first time in months.
  • In France, the number of patients in intensive care continued to drop last week and felt back under 5,000.

 
Research

  • An at-home COVID treatment could be available by the end of 2021. It would come in form of an antiviral pill for COVID-19 and would work similarly to a course of antibiotics.

 
Education

  • Two surveys of international students by IDP and QS show the UK appears to benefit in terms of attractiveness from vaccine impact and study abroad sentiment.

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