Tuesday, February 23, 2021

United States: the milestone of 500,000 deaths from Covid-19 soon passed


CORONAVIRUS – The United States is preparing, Monday, February 22, to exceed the threshold of 500,000 deaths from Covid-19. A “terrible” figure, responded Joe Biden’s health adviser, Anthony Fauci. But the government wants to believe that vaccination can turn the tide.

It’s terrible, it’s horrible“Reacted Anthony Fauci, Joe Biden’s health advisor and immunologist. The United States is preparing, Monday, February 22, to cross the threshold of 500,000 deaths from Covid-19. A sad record that the country since 1918.

According to the benchmark count from Johns Hopkins University, the United States had nearly 499,000 dead on Monday. “It is something that will go down in history. In decades people will still be talking about that time when so many died“, recalled Dr. Fauci. The threshold of 400,000 deaths was exceeded in January, on the eve of the inauguration of Joe Biden.

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The new President of the United States, who has made the fight against the pandemic the priority of his early term, regretted a heavier toll than during the war. “500,000! That’s nearly 70,000 more than all Americans who died in WWII, over a four-year period“, moved Joe Biden.

The president, however, welcomed the wave of hope instilled by the vaccination campaign that continues in the country. While visiting a Pfizer vaccine plant in Kalamazoo, Mich., He said: “I believe we will be getting closer to normal by the end of this year. God willing, this Christmas will be different from the one before it“. The average daily injections is currently 1.7 million. A success according to the president, confident in the capacity to reach 600 million doses by the end of July, enough to vaccinate the entire American population .

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In total, more than 61 million people have so far received one of the two vaccines authorized in the United States (Pfizer / BioNTech and Moderna), including 18 million who have had the two required injections. The weekly average of deaths and that of new cases are also clearly down, according to data from the Covid Tracking Project.

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