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Two men arrested, charged with assaulting Capitol police officer who later died
Federal officials on Monday charged two men who participated in the January 6 attack on the Capitol building and charged them with assaulting Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick.  Sicknick was injured in the attack and later died of his injuries.  Julian Khater, 32, and George Tanios, 39, were arrested Sunday.  Both are seen on video footage from the Capitol assault spraying bear spray into Sicknick’s eyes and the eyes of two other officers who were attempting to prevent the rioters from advancing into the building.  Both were charged with crimes including conspiracy to injure an officer and assaulting an officer with a dangerous weapon, and face up to 20 years in prison if convicted on all charges.  Federal prosecutors have not formally linked the bear spray assault to Sicknick’s death.

COVID-19 numbers
Here’s the latest data on COVID-19 coronavirus infections, deaths and vaccinations.

Latest reported COVID-19 numbers globally per Johns Hopkins University
Global diagnosed cases: 120,302,055
Global deaths: 2,662,597.  The United States has the most deaths of any single country, with 535,661.
Number of countries/regions: at least 192
Total patients recovered globally: 68,244,773

Latest reported COVID-19 numbers in the United States per Johns Hopkins University
There are at least 29,495,907 reported cases in 50 states + the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam.  This is more than in any other country.
U.S. deaths: at least 535,661.  California has the greatest number of reported deaths in the U.S., with 56,674.
U.S. total people tested: 374,442,857

The greatest number of reported COVID-19 cases in the U.S. is in California, with 3,626,027 confirmed cases out of a total state population of 39.51 million.  This ranks second in the world after England, which has 3,931,849 cases.  Texas is third, with 2,731,814 confirmed cases out of a total state population of 29 million.

Latest reported COVID-19 vaccination numbers in the United States
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports a total of 135,847,835 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been distributed in the U.S.  Of those, 109,081,860 doses have been administered, with 71,054,445 people receiving at least one dose and 38,335,432 people fully vaccinated, representing 27.5% and 14.8% of the total U.S. population, respectively. The Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines each require two doses to be effective.  The Johnson & Johnson vaccine requires a single dose to be effective.

CDC finds majority of Americans receiving second COVID-19 vaccine dose
A just-published analysis by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that the majority of Americans are making certain to receive their second of two required doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, with only 3.4% missing the recommended window to receive the second dose.  The Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines both require two doses to be effective, both within a recommended three-to-four-week window.  The analysis evaluated 12,496,258 people who got the first dose of the vaccine from December 14, 2020 to February 14, 2021 and tracked information regarding second dose follow-up.  Historically there’s often a drop-off for vaccines that require two or more doses, with many people not showing up for the second dose, making the high compliance for the COVID-19 vaccine more notable. 

The CDC does note that the study only measures the first few months of the vaccine rollout, during which time people generally might have been highly motivated to get both shots.  Additionally, people in the study were first-phase recipients, such as healthcare workers, meaning they were receiving the vaccine at work, where it was more convenient, compared to the at-large population who have to make appointments and travel to receive the vaccine.

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