Vaccine Update: Half of U.S. Adults Have At Least First Shot, Europe Reeling, China Vaccine Barely Works

The United States is kicking butt in efforts to get adults vaccinated while Europe is struggling. China’s vaccines are being used in multiple countries but its lack of efficacy is being blamed for surging cases in Chile.


130 million Americans 18 and older have gotten at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine according to government officials.


reporting from the left side of the aisle


  • BBC detailed the repercussions of vaccine politics, in reference to Russia’s “Sputnik V” vaccine and how international tensions with Moscow on non-coronavirus issues complicates the European effort to “speak with a single, convincing voice on Russia” as some EU nations turn to Russia for vaccines and others, who view Russia as a clear and present danger, are hesitant.
  • Europe’s vaccine woes are further explored by Yahoo News, which laments long wait times, uncertainty about the AstraZeneca shot and blood clot side effects, and frustration over European-manufactured doses being shipped outside the EU.
  • Vox gave President Joe Biden all the praise and credit for the United States’ successful vaccine rollout, saying because of the ramp-up in daily average vaccinations since he took office, the pause in using the Johnson & Johnson vaccine will not affect the U.S. as much as previously thought.



  • The question of whether, how often, and where fully vaccinated people will have to continue masking has not been the subject of intense coverage by the mainstream media, while RedState roasted Dr. Anthony Fauci for effectively ignoring data showing those fully vaccinated are not carriers or spreaders of the virus.
  • Fauci was also the subject of reporting by The Daily Wire, covering his remarks on CNN saying that he expects the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to be re-approved with “restrictions” by the end of the week, with the Daily Wire noting the panel that must meet to make the recommendation already has and did not give the J&J shot the go-ahead.
  • The Wall Street Journal highlighted Chile’s struggles in containing the virus despite a robust vaccination program made up of one of China’s vaccines, quoting Chilean health officials who blame the Chilean people for overestimating the effectiveness of the vaccine.


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© Dallas Gerber, 2021