As death rate slows, USA exceeds 600000 COVID-19 fatalities

2:32500,000 deaths from COVID-19Hear from the families who have lost loved ones to the deadly

2:32500,000 deaths from COVID-19Hear from the families who have lost loved ones to the deadly

More than 15 months since the first confirmed death due to COVID-19 in the USA, the coronavirus pandemic has claimed more than 600,000 lives across the country. NPR has this context: "Barely a month passed between 400,000 and a half-million deaths, but it has taken almost four times as long to reach the 600,000 mark". By comparison, it took just over one month for the USA death toll to surge from 400,000 to 500,000 this past winter.

The United States has racked up by far the largest death toll of the pandemic, ahead of Brazil and India.

Japan will send a million doses of COVID-19 vaccine to Vietnam, Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said on Tuesday, as the southeast Asian nation steps up vaccine procurement to fight a more stubborn wave of infections.

"It is safe because Vermonters have done their part to keep spread of the virus low throughout the pandemic and stepped up to get vaccinated".

"To do that, we need 11 billion doses", he said.

Progress against the coronavirus was underlined as NY announced more than 70 percent of adults had received at least one vaccine dose and the last of the state's restrictions could be lifted.

But the pace of vaccinations has slowed.

Queen Elizabeth II hosts Bidens at Windsor Castle
It was perhaps a bittersweet moment, the first such ceremony since the death of her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, in April. She has since met all 14 elected U.S. leaders during her 69 years on the throne, except for Lyndon B Johnson.

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a news conference on Monday that he was concerned about "a worrying increase in cases and deaths in many countries".

USA health officials have also stepped up their warnings over faster-spreading variants of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

Just over 52 percent of the U.S. population, or 174 million people, have already received at least one dose of one of the three vaccines authorized in the country, according to health officials.

"There's still too many lives being lost", President Joe Biden said, noting that despite the daily number of dead dropping sharply, the continuing loss of life was still "a real tragedy".

"We have more work to do to beat this virus". So, please - please get vaccinated as soon as possible.

"The overall trend seems to be heading in a better direction, but we still can't relax", Health Minister Chen Shih-chung said in Taipei, the capital.

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