Despite living in one of the world’s richest countries, which is home to pharmaceutical companies that have developed some of the world’s leading Covid vaccines, More Americans will die of Covid in 2021 than in 2020And things will get even worse during the holiday season.
As of Tuesday, 386,233 people have died of COVID-19 in 2021, according to the CDC, compared to 385,343 COVID deaths in 2020. The United States is on track to achieve 13 percent of total deaths this year from the coronavirus, up from the year before. The last 11 percent part.
According to experts, there are a combination of factors including relatively low vaccination rates, relaxed Covid policies and personal precautions, and a highly contagious delta variant.
Currently, about 60 percent of Americans are fully vaccinated, the lowest level in the Group of Seven well below the 85 or 90 percent needed to achieve “endemicity,” a condition in which disease is still spreading at a low level but does not cause widespread disease. .
“We have a very unfortunate situation of not having a high level of vaccine coverage and basically, in most places, a return to normal behaviors that put people at greater risk of coming into contact with the virus,” said Jennifer Nuzzo, an epidemiologist and senior researcher. At the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, Tell New York times. “If you don’t take any protective measures at all, you have a virus that is able to move faster and you have serious gaps in immunity, which, unfortunately, add to a lot of serious illness and ongoing deaths.”
Some of the Biden administration’s key proposals to slow the spread of the coronavirus have also faced strong opposition.
A federal appeals court blocked a White House mandate earlier this month that would require employees at private companies to vaccinate or undergo regular Covid tests, calling it a “fatally flawed” treatment that was “amazingly broad”, raising “serious constitutional concerns.” “
This week, the American Medical Association, the largest group of physicians in the United States, Written in the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit In support of this policy, arguing that “the more workers vaccinated, the closer we are to slowing the spread of the virus and creating a safer environment” because “immediate and widespread vaccination against COVID-19 is the surest way to protect the American workforce and the public and end this costly pandemic.”