The United States hit another grim milestone on Wednesday, passing 750,000 COVID-related deaths since the beginning of the pandemic. Despite the wide availability of CDC-approved vaccines, the U.S. leads the world in COVID cases and deaths, according to John Hopkins University.
The U.S. hit 700,000 COVID deaths just a month ago, highlighting the ongoing speed and severity of the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S. The nation has had over 46 million confirmed cases since the virus first appeared in the first quarter of 2020.
Earlier this week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Rochelle Walensky announced that the CDC agreed with an advisory panel’s approval for the Pfizer vaccine in children as young as five years old. That news promises to ease the burden of many administrators, teachers and parents who have been struggling to navigate a pandemic while keeping kids in school. It may also provide some relief for families hoping to enjoy a safe holiday with the whole family.
Last month, President Joe Biden praised what looked to be a downward trend in cases that corresponded with an uptick in vaccination rates. “That’s important progress, but … now’s not the time to let up,” he said. “We have a lot more to do. We’re in a very critical period as we work to turn the corner on COVID-19.”
However, those numbers have since plateaued slightly, promising more headaches as the Biden Administration struggles to stem the pandemic. According to the most recent numbers, about 78 percent of the U.S. populace has had at least one dose of the COVID-19 inoculation. 68 percent are fully vaccinated.