With the flags of all federal buildings at half mast after exceed 500 thousand deaths from coronavirus, The United States seeks to leave behind the chaotic strategy of the Donald Trump administration to control the pandemic. Despite the fact that Washington is supplying millions of vaccines every day and accounting for much of the world’s supply, predictions are that fatalities will continue to rise, reaching 600,000 next spring. The coronavirus was the main cause of death in the country during the month of January ahead of heart attacks and cancer, according to statistics from the Kaiser Family Foundation.
Unlike his predecessor in the presidency, who often sought minimize illness by ensuring that the coronavirus was “less lethal” than the flu, Joe Biden makes fighting the pandemic his top government priority. Beyond the dramatic figures, the trend of infections in the country is down, although hospitals in some states continue to experience difficulties.
“I know what it feels like,” said the Democratic president on Monday in reference to the many tragedies he has overcome in his life, in a solemn and brief message in which he asked Americans to remain vigilant, maintain social distance, wear masks and get vaccinated. “Remember those who lost and those who were left behind,” demanded the president. Following his brief speech, Biden participated in a ceremony on the White House lawn, where candles were set to commemorate the deceased.
The good news for the United States is the drop in infections, with 71,000 new cases a day on average in the last week. Rochelle Walensky, Director of the CDCHe added that deaths in the United States are at their lowest level since December, falling 39 percent in the last seven-day average. Walensky stressed that While the numbers may go in the right direction, “cases, hospital admissions and deaths remain at very high levels.”
What’s more the vaccination campaign that has already immunized 12 percent of the US population continues with success with the first dose of the drug. Meanwhile, 5 percent of Americans have already received both doses.
The Biden government reported Tuesday that it will supply states with 14.5 million doses of coronavirus vaccine per week., marking another gradual increase in supply. “States will now receive 14.5 million doses compared to 8.6 million weekly doses when the president took office,” explained White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki.
Biden’s chief medical advisor, Anthony Fauci, recalled that Americans may have to wear masks until 2022. After the coronavirus claimed the lives of half a million victims in the country, the infectious disease expert said that the massive tragedy was “avoidable”.
Fauci does not explain “how such a rich and sophisticated country can have the highest percentage of deaths and be the hardest hit in the world.” For the epidemiologist, this is the greatest health crisis experienced by the world power in a century and in the future, those who lived in the years 2020 and 2021 will be remembered as the survivors of a “horrible time.”
The infectologist Joseph Masci, one of those responsible for Elmhurst Hospital in Queens, the epicenter of the pandemic in New York, said it is difficult to compare the American management of the disease with that of other countries. “Small countries with structured health services were better prepared to react. In a country like ours, with 50 states, an immense area, and a largely private network of hospitals, it would be difficult to come together around the same strategy“, he assured.
To graph the painful record of the last hours, Different local media recalled that the number of victims by covid-19 exceeds that of the First and Second World War, and the Vietnam War added.
With just 4 percent of the world’s population, the United States accounts for about 20 percent of all deaths from the pandemic on the planet. However, the true death toll from the pandemic would be much higher since statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reveal an increase in mortality much higher than in previous years.
The inclusion in 2021 of the coronavirus as the main cause of death along with heart disease and cancer reduced life expectancy to 77.8 years, one of the worst in the developed world for a country where millions do not have access to medical coverage that allows the corresponding treatments.