As US vax rollout stalls, Covid kills more than guns, cars and ...


As US vax rollout stalls, Covid kills more than guns, cars and flu combined

The country, which recorded 337 deaths a day in June, has been overtaken by 20 others in terms of vaccine coverage

Tom Randall

Even with half of the US vaccinated, Covid-19 continues to kill people faster than guns, car crashes and influenza combined, according to a review of mortality data. 

The situation has improved dramatically since January, when Covid-19 deaths outpaced heart disease and cancer as the country’s top killer. Still, for the month of June, coronavirus was responsible for 337 deaths a day. For comparison, the historic average deaths from gunshots, car crashes and complications from the flu add up to 306 a day. 

“The sad reality is that despite our progress, we’re still losing people to this virus,” Jeff Zients, the White House pandemic response coordinator, said at a press briefing last week. “Which is especially tragic given that, at this point, it is unnecessary and preventable. Virtually all Covid-19 hospitalisations and deaths in the United States are now occurring among unvaccinated individuals.” ..

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