Fauci: To prevent ‘unavoidable’ COVID-19 deaths, Americans must use vaccines.
Many of the 700,000 COVID-19 deaths in the United States were “avoidable,” according to Dr. Anthony Fauci, who urged the millions of unvaccinated Americans to get vaccinated against the virus.
Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said on CNN’s State of the Union that he hoped the tragic milestone would push the 70 million Americans who have not been vaccinated to “use” the tool to prevent more fatalities.
“Of course, given the magnitude of the outbreak and the exceptional virus that spread so quickly, many of those deaths were unavoidable, but many more are avoidable, were avoidable, and will be avoidable in the future,” Fauci added. “The figure is startling in and of itself… but maybe it will prompt us to recognize that we do have interventions, in the form of a vaccine, to avert infection, serious disease, and death.”
According to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, the United States has documented a total of 43,673,190 cumulative COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic, with 700,982 deaths.
Meanwhile, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 75.8% of eligible Americans aged 12 and older have received at least one vaccine dosage, with 65.4 percent having been fully vaccinated.
The Food and Drug Administration on Sept. 22 approved a third booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for adults aged 65 and more who are at high risk of severe COVID-19 and who are exposed to COVID-19 often in institutions or at work.
According to the CDC, 5.29 million persons, or 2.9 percent of those who have been completely vaccinated, have gotten a booster dose.
However, 15 states, including Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Wyoming, have failed to adequately vaccinate more than half of their residents.
Despite the milestone deaths, the CDC recorded 8,321 new COVID-19 hospitalizations over a seven-day period from September 22 to 28, down 14.9 percent from September 15 to 21.
The Department of Health and Human Services also reported that 66,151 intensive care units (ICUs) were in use, accounting for 78.29% of beds at 6,178 hospitals.
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