The number of Americans fully vaccinated against the novel coronavirus has now eclipsed the number of known infections in the country.

As of Monday, roughly 31.3 million people have received both shots of one of the two-dose vaccines currently available, or about 9.4% of the U.S. population, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

By comparison, the U.S. currently has 29 million coronavirus cases reported since the outset of the pandemic in early 2020, according to a Johns Hopkins University tracker.

Though the number of actual infections may be somewhat higher since many cases go undiagnosed, the development is nevertheless a turning point in the fight against the pandemic as more vaccines become readily available.

The Food and Drug Administration has currently approved three vaccines for emergency use. Two of them, developed by Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech, respectively, require two doses, while a Johnson & Johnson candidate approved late last month only requires one dose.

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