The United States on Monday crossed the grim milestone of 600,000 COVID-19 deaths, according to a Reuters tally, as slowing vaccination rates threaten the Biden administration target of having 70% of US adults receive at least one shot and 160 million fully inoculated by July 4.
The US death count from Covid-19 today surpassed the figure of 600,000.
The United States has racked up by far the largest death toll of the pandemic, ahead of Brazil and India. It seeks around 150 million doses in total to cover 70 percent of its population. "But there's still too many lives being lost", President Biden said Monday in Belgium, after meetings with allied leaders on the pandemic and other global challenges.
Dang Duc Anh, director of the Institute, said the doses may come either at the end of June or early July, with the government planning to allow more groups to be vaccinated like workers in industrial parks. And now's not the time to let our guard down.
Vaccinations slowed its arrival, but an unwanted milestone got here just the same.
In New York city - where more than 33,000 died from Covid - life took a major step forward as nearly all restrictions were lifted.
The massive vaccination campaign has been pushed by U.S. health authorities since the authorization of the first vaccines in December, and peaked in April, with up to more than four million shots a day.
Almost four months have passed since US topped 500,000 deaths in late February, a sign of a nationwide death rate that has slowed to levels not seen since the earliest weeks of the pandemic in March 2020.
It took 113 days to go from 500,000 total U.S. COVID-19 deaths to 600,000 - the second slowest 100,000-death jump since the pandemic began.
And the once-plummeting rate of new USA deaths from COVID-19 also appears to have slowed in recent weeks, as cases continue to spread mostly among non-vaccinated people. While studies suggest all of the now authorized vaccines in the US remain effective against all "variants of concern", federal health officials have warned of lower effectiveness in those who have not yet gotten their second dose.
Some states have even launched lotteries which only vaccinated people can enter, with prizes of up to several million dollars.