(CNN)The US just hit a record high of about 4.6 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines reported administered in one day, according to data published Saturday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
"Amazing Saturday! +4.63M doses administered over total yesterday, a new record," Dr. Cyrus Shahpar, the Covid-19 data director at the White House, wrote on Twitter. "More than 500K higher than old record last Saturday. Incredible number of doses administered."
The new record is great news — but it comes at a complicated time in the pandemic for the US.
While Covid-19 vaccination numbers climb across the country, Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations are also on the rise, fueled by the B.1.1.7 variant, which is now the dominant strain in the US.
Experts say the variant is more contagious, may cause more severe disease and is also potentially more deadly.
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WNU Editor: Even with vaccine doses being administered at record highs (over 4 million yesterday), in a worst case scenario the projections are predicting the US death toll to reach 697,573 by August …. Wearing masks could save at least 14,000 Americans from dying of COVID-19 by August – but death toll could reach 697,573 if vaccinated people return to 'pre-pandemic levels of mobility', model predicts (Daily Mail).
Update: Needing to be vaccinated is becoming a way of life in the U.S. …. Vaccine Requirements Spread in U.S., Sowing Concern on Overreach (Bloomberg).