After a month in office, the new US President Joe Biden is facing a sad record. The corona virus has already killed almost 500,000 people, more than in any other country in the world.
Almost half a million people died of Corona in the USA.
This is a record in absolute terms; no other country reports such high numbers.
President Biden wants to advance the country’s vaccination strategy.
On this Monday, the USA is likely to cross the sad threshold of half a million corona deaths. According to data from the University of Johns Hopkins, 499,000 deaths after infection had already been registered by Sunday evening (local time) – in no other country in the world has there been as many confirmed corona deaths in absolute terms as in the USA.
The number of new infections in the US is falling significantly and an average of 1.7 million people are vaccinated every day. There is therefore cautious reason for hope in the fight to contain the pandemic. But because of the dangerous virus variants, there could be new setbacks. Currently, an average of more than 2000 people die from an infection every day in the USA. According to a much-noticed model, the number of corona deaths is set to rise to almost 600,000 by the end of May.
More dead than in World War II
“500,000 people – that’s almost 70,000 more than all Americans who died in World War II in a period of four years,” said US President Joe Biden. “All the grief, all the grief, all the suffering,” said the Democrat on Friday. On Monday evening (at midnight on Tuesday), Biden wanted to speak in a speech in the White House about the number of corona victims, followed by a moment of silence and the lighting of candles. Among other things, First Lady Jill Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris should accompany him.
Biden wants to move forward
Biden has been putting massive pressure on the vaccination campaign since he took office a month ago – and with success. The government has significantly increased weekly vaccine deliveries to the states and made them more reliable. In addition, Biden mobilized thousands of soldiers from the US military and resources from the Fema civil protection agency for large vaccination centers.
In the United States, around 44 million people have had at least one vaccination since mid-December, which is a good 13 percent of the population. Almost 19 million people have already received both of the required doses, according to data from the CDC health authority. The government will get around 600 million doses of vaccine from manufacturers Moderna and Pfizer / Biontech by the end of July, which would be sufficient for all adults in the country.
Catching up after Trump
In no other country in the world has there been as many confirmed corona deaths in absolute terms as in the USA. A lot went wrong in the US with the pandemic. At the beginning, then President Donald Trump denied the danger posed by the virus, then he advocated certain drugs as supposed miracle cures without scientific evidence. In addition, he made it clear to the last that he found wearing masks rather annoying.
Many experts accuse Trump of not having bothered to contain the pandemic. He didn’t want any more conditions, no lockdown – he wanted to get the economy going again. To do this, he also used vaccines. This bet worked.
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