The United States is approaching the threshold of 500,000 deaths from the Coronavirus, at a time when a number of indications are raising hope, foremost among which is the pace of vaccinations.
“It’s terrible, terrible,” said Anthony Fauci, an infectious disease expert and advisor to US President Joe Biden.
According to figures from “Johns Hopkins” University, the outcome of the epidemic on Sunday amounted to more than 497 thousand deaths, according to Agence France-Presse.
And the first death from “Covid-19” was announced in the United States a year ago, on February 29, 2020, and after 3 months from that date, the country crossed the threshold of 100,000 deaths.
Then it crossed the threshold of 400,000 deaths in January, on the eve of Joe Biden’s inauguration as president, and he made fighting the epidemic his top priority at the start of his term.
Biden said, Friday: “500 thousand! .. This is 70 thousand more than all Americans who died during World War II,” adding: “All this sadness .. all this pain and all this suffering.”
But in his speech at the Pfizer vaccine factory in Kalamazoo, the US president also emphasized the hope of the current pace of vaccination.
So far, more than 61 million people have received one of the two vaccines authorized in the United States, “Pfizer / Biontech” and “Moderna”, of whom 18 million have received the required doses.
In another encouraging sign, after the epidemic reached its peak in January, the weekly average of deaths and new cases clearly decreased, according to the data of “Covid Tracking Project”.