The number of COVID-19 deaths in the United States has now reached over 621,200.
The vaccination in the United States continues as the Delta variant looms over the world. While the country tries to pick up the pace in reaching herd immunity, new COVID-19 deaths and cases remain apparent.
The U.S.’ top infectious disease expert claimed that the numbers account for those who have yet to receive COVID-19 vaccines. Dr. Anthony Fauci stated that nearly all who died of coronavirus recently are unvaccinated individuals, according to Global News.
99.2 percent of COVID-19 deaths are unvaccinated
Speaking to NBC’s Meet the Press, Fauci shared his frustrations about the matter. He explained that the country has a “highly effective” countermeasure. However, it is not reportedly being completely implemented, making it all “more sad and more tragic.”
This comes after the expert revealed that about 99.2 percent of the recent COVID-19 deaths are unvaccinated individuals. He deemed the situation “sad and tragic” considering that most of these are “avoidable and preventable.”
Fauci, later on, mentioned the apparent hesitancy of some Americans over the COVID-19 vaccines. He cited some of the reasons for opposition, including individuals being “ideological,” and some “are just fundamentally anti-vax or anti-science.”
The country’s vaccination rate
The current vaccination rate in the United States is over 47 percent, according to Our World In Data. More than 182 million individuals have already received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. As for those who have completed their vaccines, the number has now reached nearly 157 million.
Meanwhile, the country has already administered over 329 million doses. The data sets its timetable starting in December of 2020.
Among all the states, Vermont has the highest vaccination rate across the country. Over 76.1 percent of its population has already completed their vaccinations.
The state that has the lowest rate of vaccination is Mississippi. Only 38.3 percent of its residents have received the complete doses.
Reports said that U.S. President Joe Biden set a goal earlier in May to reach a 70 percent vaccination rate by the Fourth of July. He has since acknowledged, though, that the country “would need additional time” to achieve it.
COVID-19 cases, deaths in the U.S.
On Saturday, the ending tally of new cases in the United States is 4,169. The recorded figure for the daily deaths is 38, which is a significant decrease from 96, from the day before.
Meanwhile, the overall coronavirus infections in the United States have now reached more than 34.5 million cases. The total number of COVID-19 deaths is 621,293 at the time of the writing.
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