US COVID-19 death toll reaches 500,000; highest since 1918 influenza pandemic

22 Février, 2021, 06:10 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
  • Dr. Anthony Fauci speaking

"The number was 6 million doses delayed", Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said on NBC's "Meet the Press", one of three interviews he did on Sunday talk shows.

He and his wife Melania were admitted to the Walter Reed Medical Centre near Chevy Chase, Maryland, on Friday October 3 2020 after they both tested positive for the the virus. The toll hit 200,000 deaths in September and 300,000 in December.

Mr Biden said he was confident he would be able to surpass his goal to distribute 100 million COVID-19 shots during his first 100 days in office.

But as the outbreak surged across the country, the pace of deaths increased, with the toll jumping from 400,000 in just over a month amid a spike fueled in part by holiday gatherings.

Joyce Willis of Las Vegas is among the countless Americans who lost family members during the pandemic.

There were anxious calls from the ICU when her husband was hospitalised.

While the now available vaccines appear protective against the United Kingdom variant that has appeared across the country, they are less protective against the South African one, which so far is not dominant, he said.

"When you just, you know, put your foot to the accelerator and really push, we'll get it up to where we need to be by the middle of the week". Please take a minute to sign up to our mailing list so we can stay in touch with you, our community. There is no way around it.

Dr. Anthony Fauci and Donald Trump in a press statement
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Then came a nightmare scenario of caring for her father-in-law while dealing with grief, arranging funerals, paying bills, helping her children navigate online school and figuring out how to go back to work as an occupational therapist. More than 28 million Americans have contracted the virus, according to Johns Hopkins University. He also suffered from respiratory issues and died on February 8.

United States coronavirus tsar Dr Anthony Fauci has claimed his former boss Donald Trump was lucky to survive his infection with COVID-19 past year.

"The current seven-day average of approximately 77,000 cases is the lowest reported since the end of October, but still higher than the height of last summer's peak", she said. "My whole world is turned upside-down".

President Joe Biden, right, and Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, left, tour a Pfizer manufacturing site in Portage, Michigan.

"It's something that is stunning when you look at the numbers, nearly unbelievable, but it's true", he added, as the toll on the Johns Hopkins University tracking website stood at some 498,000.

Despite efforts to administer coronavirus vaccines, a widely cited model by the University of Washington projects the U.S. death toll will surpass 589,000 by June 1.

"If we have 20,000 (cases) per day, that is a heck of a lot better than what it's been", Fauci said.

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