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Covid updates: Scientists push for streamlined vaccination process, e-commerce boom boosts groceries

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New Covid-19 cases and deaths have trended lower for over a month in the United States. The seven-day average of hospitalizations is declining in 49 states and is holding steady in Washington, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Later on Friday, President Joe Biden is expected to announce that the U.S. will spend $4 billion on international Covid vaccination efforts during his first virtual meeting as president with G-7 leaders. The administration has said the pledge will have no impact on the U.S. domestic vaccination program.

Here are some of the biggest developments Friday:

The U.S. is recording at least 71,900 new Covid-19 cases and at least 1,900 virus-related deaths each day, based on a seven-day average calculated by CNBC using Johns Hopkins University data.

The following data was compiled by Johns Hopkins University:

  • Global cases: More than 110.56 million
  • Global deaths: At least 2.44 million
  • U.S. cases: More than 27.95 million
  • U.S. deaths: At least 495,129