The devastating human number from coronavirus reached another major milestone when the worldwide death toll exceeded 5 million, according to Johns Hopkins University data.
Nowhere else in the globe has the cost of living been higher than in the United States, despite the country’s abundance of vaccines. Even through a drop in infections in recent weeks, the United States continues to experience about 1,400 daily deaths due to COVID-19, which has killed 746,000 Americans.
Brazil, India, Mexico and Russia are next on the gloomy list, although the numbers are unofficial. Due to underreporting in several nations, the worldwide figure is thought to be much higher than 5 million deaths.
The U.S. death toll has surpassed the estimated 675,000 Americans who died in the 1918 flu pandemic, and the advent of vaccines toward the end of 2020 only slowed the pace of the pandemic.
The United States freely produces and administers three COVID-19 vaccines – made by Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson – that are extremely effective in protecting humans from serious illness, hospitalization and death.
But about 60 million eligible people in this country remain unvaccinated, leaving the virus plenty of victims to infect and kill.
Global deaths reached 4 million in early July and grew by one million in less than four months. The United States accounted for about 18% of these millions of deaths, while representing just over 4% of the world’s population, further confirming the delta variant’s ability to spread and cause serious injury among the unvaccinated.
Also in the news:
►South Dakota has joined Missouri, Nebraska, Alaska, Arkansas, Iowa, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota and Wyoming in a lawsuit against President Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for federal contractors.
►Seven members of the Sharks and coach Bob Boughner were placed in the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol on Saturday, delaying the start of San Jose’s game against the Winnipeg Jets.
►Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for urban workers survived another challenge – that of the city council, which voted down a proposal pushed by some of its members to repeal it.
► A federal jury in Louisiana has indicted a man for fraudulently obtaining more than $ 1.1 million in loans from two programs designed to help small businesses stay open during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Today’s figures: The United States has recorded 45 million confirmed COVID-19 cases and more than 745,000 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. . More than 192 million Americans – 58% of the population – are fully vaccinated, According to the CDC.
📘 What we read: The urgency is underway: With vaccine orders, doctors and pharmacies are preparing for a stream of young children.
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A Maryland man pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit federal fraud after authorities said he was involved in a scheme that tried to sell COVID-19 vaccines.
Odunayo Oluwalade, a 25-year-old man from Windsor Mill, Maryland, risks up to 20 years in federal prison after filing a guilty plea on Friday, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. He and two other men were arrested in February for involvement in the scam, which consisted of acting as Moderna and selling COVID-19 vaccines.
The scheme consisted of the group setting up the website “Modernatx.shop”, corresponding to the company’s actual domain “Modernatx.com”. The website also included the use of company logos, colors and markings.
While Modern’s actual website shows how people can get the vaccine, the fake website contained a link that said, “You may be able to purchase a COVID-19 vaccine ahead of time,” along with a link to “contact us,” according to the complaint agreement .
The scheme was terminated after an undercover Homeland Security agent came in contact with a number on the fake website. Within hours of first contacting the number, the agent received an invoice from the email “firstname.lastname@example.org” for 200 doses of the vaccine, which said cost $ 30 each.
– Jordan Mendoza, USA TODAY
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki tested positive for COVID-19, she revealed Sunday in a statement that also said she has not been in close contact with the president or senior members of White House staff since Wednesday.
Psaki said she last saw President Joe Biden on Tuesday, “as we sat outside more than six feet apart wearing masks.”
Biden traveled to Europe on Thursday and is not scheduled to return until Wednesday.
Psaki, who was to accompany Biden, stayed behind after members of her household tested positive. (At the time, the White House announced that Psaki would not be leaving due to a family emergency.)
She said she has been in quarantine since then and tested negative every day until Sunday.
– Maureen Groppe, USA TODAY
Except for an unforeseen breakthrough, intelligence services will not be able to conclude whether COVID-19 was spread by animal-to-human transmission or leaked from a laboratory, officials said Friday as they released a fuller version of their review of the pandemic’s origins.
The paper, released by the director of National Intelligence, elaborates on results released in August by a 90-day review commissioned by President Joe Biden. This review said that US intelligence services were divided about the origin of the virus, but that analysts do not believe that the virus was developed as a bioweapon and that most agencies believe that the virus was not genetically engineered.
China has resisted global pressure to cooperate fully with pandemic investigations or to access genetic sequences of coronavirus stored at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, which remains the subject of speculation for its research and reported security concerns. Biden launched the review amid growing momentum for the theory – initially widely rejected by experts – that the virus was leaking from the Wuhan lab.
– Associated Press