The U.S. Just Crossed 300,000 Deaths From COVID-19

Today marks a somber moment in the coronavirus pandemic. More than 300,000 people in the United States have died from COVID-19.

Here’s some perspective from the Washington Post:

Nearly 1 of every 1,000 Americans already has died of covid-19 — the equivalent of losing the entire population of cities such as Orlando, Pittsburgh or St. Louis. There have been more than twice as many American deaths as those killed in World War I. Five times as many as in the Vietnam War. One hundred times as many as in the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

The year of coronavirus has altered or diminished almost every American life. It has ended 300,000 of them.

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The milestone occurs the day after the long-anticipated vaccine developed by Pfizer-BioNTech began deployment in the U.S., and the FDA is now expected to grant emergency authorization for the Moderna vaccine on Friday, based on the encouraging findings in its results. The vaccine has an efficacy rate of 94.1 percent, and prevents severe COVID-19. Moderna getting approved would ensure vaccine access for millions more Americans.

“This is great news, as this now brings us to two products with high levels of efficacy,” said Rupali Limaye, an associate scientist at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

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