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Covid-19: Biden decries ‘unhappy milestone’ as US’ death toll hits 600 000: Johns Hopkins

The US’ Covid-19 death toll has hit 600 000.

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The US death toll from the Covid-19 pandemic surpassed 600 000 on Tuesday, in line with figures from Johns Hopkins University, with President Joe Biden mourning the most recent “sad milestone” and urging Americans to press on with vaccinations.

The United States has racked up by far the most important death toll of the pandemic, forward of Brazil and India.

“There’s still too many lives being lost,” Biden mentioned, noting that the each day variety of useless has dropped sharply for the reason that peak of the pandemic however that the persevering with lack of life was nonetheless “a real tragedy.”

“My heart goes out to all those who have lost a loved one,” Biden mentioned, talking on Monday in Brussels as the tally ticked near 600 000.

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“We have more work to do to beat this virus. And now’s not the time to let our guard down. Please get vaccinated as soon as possible.”

The large vaccination marketing campaign has been pushed by US well being authorities for the reason that authorization of the primary vaccines in December, and peaked in April, with as much as greater than 4 million pictures a day.

But the tempo has slowed quickly since then, and unvaccinated individuals nonetheless stay susceptible to the illness.

Just over 52 p.c of the US inhabitants, or 174 million individuals, have already acquired not less than one dose of one of many three vaccines licensed within the nation, in line with well being officers.

Biden has set a objective of 70% of adults to have acquired not less than one shot by the nationwide vacation of July 4, however this system might fall wanting that objective.

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