It is the country with the most deaths and the most infections due to the coronavirus pandemic. President Joe Biden lamented the sad milestone and asked Americans to get vaccinated "as soon as possible."
According to the independent count from Johns Hopkins University, the United States surpassed 600,000 deaths from COVID-19 on Tuesday, a figure that comes at a time of optimism due to the lower incidence of the virus and progress in the vaccination campaign.
President Joe Biden lamented the latest "sad milestone" and urged Americans to get vaccinated: "Too many lives are still being lost," Biden said.
“We have more work to do to combat this virus. And now is not the time to lower your guard. So please get vaccinated as soon as possible ”, asked the Democratic president.
At 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday (17:00 GMT), the university counter registered a total of 600,012 deaths from the virus since the pandemic began in the United States. This country has written the most deaths from COVID-19 in the world.
The number of infections amounts to almost 33.5 million, also the highest figure in the world, followed by India and Brazil.
The grim milestone is reached at a time of optimism about the significant progress in the vaccination campaign. However, a significant part of the country resists immunization, including the youngest.
54.4% of the total adult population in the US (more than 140 million people) is already fully vaccinated, and 64.5% (166.5 million) have received at least one dose, according to the count of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
US President Joe Biden set a goal that on July 4, which is the Independence Day holiday, 70% of adults have been inoculated with at least one dose of the vaccines.
However, the authorities acknowledge the concern to reach that goal, given the slowdown in injections in recent weeks. The daily average has fallen to just one million doses compared to the more than 3 million administered at the end of April.
The vaccination campaign also presents a significant disparity by region: while states such as Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New Jersey already have more than two-thirds of their population fully vaccinated, others such as Alabama, Georgia, and Louisiana have only fully immunized little more. Of a third.
However, the epidemiological situation continues to improve. The average number of COVID-19 cases for the last 14 days was 14,288 on Sunday, the lowest in more than a year, while the deceased were 363, the lowest since March 2020.