The Biden administration is currently ramping up its COVID-19 efforts. As reported by The Associated Press, U.S. households can request eight free COVID-19 tests from the U.S. government. Americans interested in obtaining additional COVID-19 tests can visit COVID.gov for more information.
Hours ago, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that the COVID-19 related death toll within the U.S. had crossed the one million mark. The United States has reached this tragic mark in less than 2.5 years.
“It is hard to imagine a million people plucked from this earth,” Dr. Jennifer Nuzzo of Brown University told the Associated Press.
“It’s still happening and we are letting it happen.”
Making matters worse, nearly 40% of deaths reportedly occurred after June 2021 when COVID-19 vaccines were distributed to the general public. Furthermore, USA Today reports that approximately 80% of those fatalities were among those who were not vaccinated. As a result, health officials say that “300,000 [of those] deaths were preventable.”
“I think it’s reasonable to say that likely more than 300,000 deaths were preventable,” epidemiologist David Dowdy told USA Today.
“Three hundred thousand people is the size of a midsize city. And to think we could have prevented that number of people from dying just by doing a better job of getting a very safe and highly effective vaccine into people is tragic.”