US COVID deaths top 600000 amid growing concern about variant

US COVID deaths top 600000 amid growing concern about variant

The U.S. has reached almost 600,000 COVID-19 deaths and has reported more than 33.4 million confirmed cases of the virus, according to Johns Hopkins University.

The United States has racked up by far the largest national death count - ahead of Brazil and India - after a heavily-criticized early response to the pandemic, but has since organized among the world's most effective vaccine roll-outs. By comparison, it had only taken one month for the country to go from 400,000 to 500,000 deaths.

Touting more than 8 in 10 eligible residents with at least one dose of vaccine, Vermont's Governor Phil Scott said Monday the state would end all its COVID-19 restrictions.

"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".

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.

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

The massive vaccination campaign has been pushed by United States health authorities since the authorization of the first vaccines in December, and peaked in April, with up to more than four million shots a day.

Taiwan has millions of doses on order worldwide but supply shortages have led to delays in receiving them, with just about 4% of a population of 23.5 million having received at least one shot as it battles the spike. Projections published by the CDC on Tuesday estimate the strain has surged to account for about 1 in 10 cases in the us, up from less than 3% at the end of May. Much of the country is returning to normal, and our economic growth is leading the world, and the number of cases and deaths are dropping dramatically.

"We will continue to maintain close communication with the Japanese side and look forward to the smooth arrival of the vaccines in Taiwan as soon as possible", the island's foreign ministry said in a statement.

"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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