Coronavirus live: Covid-19 unlikely to be ever eradicated, warns Prof Chris Whitty

England’s chief medical officer says outlook remains ‘pretty bleak’ globally but hopes disease will become ‘much milder’ in long term

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The United States has administered 251,973,752 doses of Covid-19 vaccines in the country and distributed 324,610,185 doses, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Thursday.

The CDC tally includes two-dose vaccines from Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech, as well as Johnson & Johnson’s one-shot vaccine.

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More than a thousand migrants who hope to reach the United States were vaccinated against COVID-19 through a first-time effort made possible by a private donation of shots from a U.S. company, a shelter director said.

Around 1,200 migrants, mainly from Central America, received the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine in the border city of Tijuana, said Gustavo Banda, director of the Ambassadors of Jesus shelter.

Reuters consulted several migrant shelters and did not find any other cases of migrants receiving vaccines.

The administration of U.S. President Joe Biden is dealing with a growing humanitarian crisis as more people reach the U.S. border. Authorities in Mexico, the United States and Central America have tightened border restrictions in recent months.

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