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
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.” ..