Covid-19 toll in US surpasses 1918 pandemic deaths

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Covid-19 toll in US surpasses 1918 pandemic deaths

Delta pushes US into dangerous new phase as deaths pass 675,000 estimate of last century’s tragedy

Jonathan Levin and Kirsten V Brown

The US’s Covid-19 deaths have surpassed the toll of the 1918 influenza pandemic, a milestone many experts say was avoidable after the arrival of vaccines.

The US has reported 675,446 deaths since the start of the pandemic, according to Johns Hopkins University data, more than the 675,000 that are estimated to have died a century earlier.

The US hit that deadly mark despite the widespread availability of Covid-19 vaccines, which were developed in record time in a display of the extraordinary advances in medical science in the past century. The inoculations have been passed up by about 70-million eligible Americans, many of them encouraged by Republican politicians and conservative media...

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