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A line of people wait to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in the Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències de Valencia, on July 28, 2021. Photo: Rober Solsona/Europa Press via Getty Images

The member states of the European Union together have administered more coronavirus vaccine doses per 100 people than the United States, the New York Times reports.

Why it matters: The new figures highlight the pace at which the 27 member states of the E.U. are vaccinating their citizens, and stand in stark contrast to the speed of vaccinations in the U.S., which has stagnated.

The big picture: During the early stages of the vaccine campaigns, E.U. countries lagged behind the U.S., Britain and Israel as the region faced a shortage of doses, the NYT reports.

  • "The catch-up process has been very successful," European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen told the New York Times on Tuesday.

Between the lines: Vaccinations have slowed in the U.S. as misinformation and skewed understanding of the risk of vaccines persist. But the majority of E.U. residents — 79% — say they intend to get vaccinated this year, per a public survey conducted across the bloc in May.

  • Around 75% of E.U. residents agree that vaccines are the only way to end the coronavirus pandemic, per the same survey.

By the numbers: E.U. countries had administered 102.66 doses per 100 people as of Tuesday, while the U.S. had administered 102.44, according to the latest vaccination figures compiled by Our World in Data.

  • Additionally, 58% of people across the E.U. have received a first dose of the coronavirus vaccine. In the U.S., 56.5% have.

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New COVID pill shows the need for widescale testing

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Pfizer's new COVID-19 antiviral is highly effective when given early in the course of an infection — underscoring the importance of cheap, easily accessible COVID-19 tests, including at-home rapid versions.

Driving the news: Pfizer's oral antiviral drug reduced the risk of hospitalization or death from COVID-19 by 89%, according to interim results from a mid-to-late-stage study announced by the company on Friday, my colleague Rebecca Falconer writes.

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  1. Health: The end of the Omicron wave is in sight — Transplants rebound from COVID lull.
  2. Vaccines: WHO: No evidence that healthy children, teens need boosters — Kids' COVID vaccination rates are particularly low in rural America.
  3. Politics: Biden to announce plan to distribute 400 million masks for free — Government website for free COVID tests launches early.
  4. World: WHO: COVID health emergency could end this year — Greece imposes vaccine mandate for people 60 and older.
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University of Michigan reaches $490M settlement in sex abuse case

Jon Vaughn, a former University of Michigan and NFL football player, speaks at a press conference in Ann Arbor, Mich., in June 2021. Photo: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images

The University of Michigan on Wednesday reached a $490 million settlement with over a thousand survivors who allege that they were sexually assaulted by a former physician in the school's athletic department.

Driving the news: "It's been a long and challenging journey and these survivors have refused to remain silent," attorney Parker Stinar said Wednesday.