October 2 (WNN) — The United States has hit a grim milestone of 700,000 COVID-19 deaths since the start of the pandemic.
ABC News reported that the country hit the figure on Friday as demand for new vaccinations fell to its lowest level since they were introduced in December.
Less than two weeks ago, the death toll from COVID-19 surpassed the 1918 influenza outbreak, making it the deadliest pandemic in US history, according to a count compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
The COVID-19 death toll in the United States is also higher than the death toll from cancer last year, which exceeds the number of American soldiers killed in all battles since the revolution, and is similar to the population of Boston. is about size. ABC News noted. Overall, the country’s four largest states, California, New York, Texas and Florida, account for a third of the total COVID-19 deaths, and have each reported more than 50,000 deaths.
“In the winter months, we could significantly delay the next critical milestone if more people, especially those at high risk for severe disease, choose to be vaccinated,” said Ajay Sethi, an epidemiologist and population health scientist. Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison told ABC News.
The United States on Saturday morning reported a total of more than 43 million cases and a total of more than 700,300 deaths from COVID-19, according to JHU’s global tracker. The number rose after the country recorded 158,284 new cases and 2,434 new deaths on Friday, data from JHU showed.
The New York Times reported that the recent death rate in the United States has been the highest of any country with an adequate supply of vaccines.
Rochelle Valensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told reporters Friday that about 185 million Americans have received the COVID-19 vaccine, but about 70 million eligible Americans are unvaccinated.
The number of Americans receiving the newly authorized Pfizer third dose exceeds the number of Americans receiving a new vaccine each day, on average.
“My team and I could long ago see that this pathogen has the potential to kill so many people in America,” Jeffrey Shaman, a Columbia University professor of environmental health sciences, told ABC News. “I had not anticipated how catastrophic the response would be, how leaders would not be able or interested to unite the country and address political differences in tackling the virus.
Shaman said, “I’m sorry it didn’t happen. I think if it did, fewer people would have died and the economic consequences of the pandemic would have been less.”
Amid the rise of the delta variant, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new data earlier in the week showing that vaccines still dramatically reduce the risk of hospitalization and dying of COVID-19.
The president’s chief medical adviser, Dr. Anthony Fauci, presented to journalists on Friday COVID-19 data from Public Health-Seattle and King County, showing that people who have not been fully vaccinated have an eight chance of testing positive. times higher, 41 times more likely to get an infection. They are 57 times more likely to be hospitalized, and to die, than those without vaccinations.
White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Jeffrey Ziants reiterated in a press briefing Friday that the administration was “laser-focused on getting more shots into weapons, especially those without vaccination.”
“This is our way out of this pandemic,” Ziants said.