The death toll from the coronavirus in the United States is approaching on Monday the sad bar of 500,000 deaths at a time when the country, like the rest of the world, is experiencing a slowdown in the spread of the virus.
US President Joe Biden, accompanied by First Lady Jill Biden, is expected to mark the peak with a ceremony at the White House today in honor of the thousands of people who have succumbed to the pandemic. Although the vaccination campaign is accelerating, immunologist Anthony Fauci has indicated that Americans may continue to wear masks until 2022.
The country’s main medical associations, however, have pleaded for increased vigilance on the part of people exhausted by months of self-isolation and the punitive economic impact of the worst public health crisis in 100 years.
Separately, US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said the Biden administration remains concerned about data China provided to the World Health Organization regarding the origins of the coronavirus pandemic. .
“We need a credible, open and transparent international investigation led by the World Health Organization,” he said in an interview broadcast on Sunday.
He added that the United States does not believe that China has “provided sufficient original data on how this pandemic began to spread, both in China and ultimately in the world”.
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