The United States, the country hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic, surpassed 800,000 deaths from Covid-19 on Tuesday, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University. This figure represents the highest number of victims on record of any country in the world, which is probably even higher.
The figure is even greater than the entire population of several states in the country, including North Dakota and Alaska. Democrats Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, heads of the House of Representatives and Senate respectively, as well as Republican leader in the House Kevin McCarthy and other members of Congress held a minute of silence on the steps of the Capitol, in Washington, the night Tuesday
Near 450.000 of deaths occurred in 2021, despite vaccines highly effective that were authorized for the first time in December 2020 in the country.
The vast majority of deaths occurred among the unvaccinated. Vaccination went back during the fourth wave of covid-19, driven by the delta variant, and more than 60% of this country of 332 million people is now fully vaccinated, although the United States still lags behind other countries.
The country surfs for the moment its fifth hello, with its epicenter in the colder northern states, as people gather more often at home.
Ómicron, the most recent variant of the virus that has caused global alarm since it was first reported in South Africa in late November, now accounts for about 3% of cases in the United States, although it is expected to increase rapidly, as has happened. in other countries.
Health authorities urge those over 16 to be immunized with a booster dose to regain immunity to levels comparable to the two doses against existing variants.