COVID-19 Deaths In The United States Pass 500,000

  • COVID-19 Deaths In The United States Pass 500,000

COVID-19 Deaths In The United States Pass 500,000

As the United States moves closely toward 500,000 COVID-19 deaths, Dr. Anthony Fauci says the world needs a "universal COVID-19 vaccine" that covers all mutations of the virus.

While daily infection rates are coming down dramatically, thousands of Americans still die every day from the virus, and less than 15 per cent of the U.S. population has been vaccinated against it.

"It's something that is stunning when you look at the numbers, nearly unbelievable, but it's true", Fauci added.

The fastidious Fauci, who notably declared in April past year "I don't think we should ever shake hands ever again" after the pandemic, alleged at the time that a White House reception trump threw a week before his hospital to unveil Amy Coney Barrett as his Supreme Court nomination was a "superspreader event".

As of Sunday night, the USA toll on the Johns Hopkins University tracking website stood at 498,879.

After America's first Covid-19 death was announced in February a year ago, it took about three months to pass the 100,000 mark, during a first wave that hit NY particularly hard.

The global death toll was approaching 2.5 million, according to Johns Hopkins.

At the current pace it would take an estimated nine months to cover 75% of Americans with a two-dose vaccine.

Dr Fauci noted that the number of daily new infections was on a steep decline after peaking in January, but he added normal life may still be some way off.

"It really is a awful situation that we've been through and that we're still going through, and that's the reason why we keep insisting to continue with the public health measures because we don't want this to get much worse than it already is".

Close to 13% of of the US population has had at least the first of two doses, although the rollout has been criticized for leaving much of the minority population behind.

And in Gaza on Sunday, some 20,000 Russian-made Sputnik V vaccine doses arrived from the United Arab Emirates. "That doesn't mean it'll be in all Americans' arms, but enough vaccine will be available", Mr Biden said.

With the USA death toll set soon to pass 500,000, Mr Biden said he did not want to give firm predictions of when the crisis will be curbed.

The freezing weather and snow storms that hit the United States for over a week have slowed the nation's vaccine efforts, with some six million doses delayed.

The president is expected to speak Monday about the latest toll, and he is to be joined by Vice-President Kamala Harris at sunset for a moment of silence and a candle-lighting ceremony.

"I don't think at all that it is inevitable", he told CNN.