Today marks one year to the day that the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic.
Axios looks at where we were then:
A year ago today, the U.S. had confirmed 1,000 coronavirus infections. Now, we’re approaching 30 million.
In those early days, Americans were terrified by White House projections — informed by well-respected modeling — that 100,000 to 240,000 Americans could die from the virus.
Many models thought the virus would peak last May — nowhere close. The deadliest month of the pandemic was January.
We now have 530,606 American deaths from COVID, but we do have vaccines. Vaccines that by all analysis are working. (p.s. yes, I’ve gotten my first shot of the Pfizer vaccine)
President Biden will announce tonight that he will order all states to offer vaccinations against COVID to all adults by May 1.
Currently, the U.S. is getting an average of 2 million shots in arms each day. Estimates says 25% of adults in the U.S. have gotten at least one shot.
And – the federal government has now ordered an additional 100 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine adding to the 300 million from Pfizer, 300 million from Moderna and previously ordered 100 million from J&J.