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Data: CDC; Chart: Axios Visuals

Half of U.S. adults have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and about a third are fully vaccinated, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Why it matters: COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are still on the rise, CDC director Rochelle Walensky said during Friday's White House COVID-19 briefing. With cases in many states being driven by variants, public health officials have emphasized the need to ramp up vaccinations.

Details: For Americans over 18 years of age, 50.4% have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose, and 32.5% are fully vaccinated.

  • Among seniors 65 and older, 81% have received at least one dose and 65.9% are fully vaccinated.

At Friday's briefing White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator Jeff Zients noted that in the past week the U.S. vaccinated roughly 3.3 million people per day, an increase on the seven-day average from the previous week.

  • He also added that the U.S. is on track to "meet or beat" President Biden's goal of administering 200 million vaccine doses in the first 100 days in office.

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Fauci expects decision on resuming J&J coronavirus vaccine by Friday

Anthony Fauci at a subcomittee hearing on the coronavirus crisis on April 15. Photo: Susan Walsh/AP Photo/Bloomberg via Getty Images

NIAID director Anthony Fauci said he expects a decision on resuming the Johnson & Johnson vaccine by Friday after a CDC panel meets to discuss the issue, he told NBC's Meet the Press.

Why it matters: Acting FDA Commissioner Janet Woodcock said she expected the vaccine's pause to only last "a matter of days," as health officials investigated data on the "extremely rare" blood clots that caused the agency to recommend a halt to J&J vaccinations last week.

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Less health insurance and more chronic disease

Photo illustration: Annelise Capossela. Photo: H. Armstrong Roberts/ClassicStock/Getty Images

While the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed serious disparities in access to health care, those differences were baked deep into the American health system long before the coronavirus came along.

Why it matters: These systemic disparities are partly why people of color are more likely to be uninsured and face increased risks for certain chronic conditions — and even have shorter life expectancies.

Whitmer defends avoiding restrictions in Michigan despite surging COVID-19 cases

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. Photo: Handout/DNCC via Getty Images

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) told "Meet the Press" that she isn't instituting a new lockdown due to a combination of factors, including the state's strong mitigation measures and pushback from Republicans.

Why it matters: Michigan is experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases driven by a variant of the virus first discovered in the U.K. Michigan has the second-most number of cases of that variant in the nation, per the Detroit Free Press.