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(NEW YORK) — Here are today’s In Crisis headlines:

President Biden to unveil massive infrastructure plan today
President Joe Biden today is scheduled to unveil what he calls his next major priority: a massive infrastructure package that would provide investments in bridges, roads and waterways across the country, as well as what the White House termed “an infrastructure of the future.”  To pay for it, the president is expected to propose trillions of dollars in taxes on corporations and high-income earners, making a traditionally bipartisan issue one that’s expected to trigger Republican opposition.  Biden will detail the first part of the plan during a speech in Pittsburgh today, according to the White House, where Biden launched his presidential campaign in 2019 by promising to rebuild “the backbone of America, the middle class.”

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: 128,301,662
Global deaths: 2,805,972.  The United States has the most deaths of any single country, with 550,998.
Number of countries/regions: at least 192
Total patients recovered globally: 72,790,172

Latest reported COVID-19 numbers in the United States per Johns Hopkins University
There are at least 30,394,189 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 550,998.  California has the greatest number of reported deaths in the U.S., with 59,128.
U.S. total people tested: 390,026,186

The greatest number of reported COVID-19 cases in the U.S. is in California, with 3,666,266 confirmed cases out of a total state population of 39.51 million.  This ranks second in the world after England, which has 3,797,395 cases.  Texas is third, with 2,789,428 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 189,451,285 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been distributed in the U.S.  Of those, 147,602,345 doses have been administered, with 96,044,046 people receiving at least one dose and 53,423,486 people fully vaccinated, representing 28.9% and 16.1% 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.

Pfizer-BioNTech says COVID-19 vaccine 100% effective in adolescents
Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine is 100% effective in children ages 12-15, according to an announcement from Pfizer Wednesday morning.  In a trial of 2,260 children aged 12 to 15, half of whom received a placebo, the pharmaceutical company says only 18 children who received the placebo contracted COVID-19, compared to none of the children who received the vaccine.  Side effects were similar to those experienced by older teens and young adults.  The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is the first to show data regarding efficacy in children as young as 12.  Children in the U.S. have largely not been vaccinated against COVID-19 while other, higher-risk groups are immunized.  Pfizer-BioNTech says it plans to ask the Food and Drug Administration “in the coming weeks” to update their vaccine authorization to include children 12 and older.

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