United States Chief Medical Adviser Anthony Fauci has described the COVID-19 death toll in the country “historic” as it approaches half a million despite nationwide vaccine distribution.
According to data from Johns Hopkins University (JHU), the United States has recorded 498,880 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic last year.
“It’s terrible. It is historic. We haven’t seen anything even close to this for well over a hundred years since the 1918 pandemic of influenza,” Fauci said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
“It’s something that is stunning when you look at the numbers, almost unbelievable, but it’s true,” Fauci added.
On CNN’s State of the Union on Feb. 21, Fauci said that the “terribly historic milestone in the history of this country” would be talked about “decades from now.”
“To have these many people to have died from a respiratory born infection, it really is a terrible situation that we’ve been through and that we’re still going through,” Fauci added.
The United States has long had the highest COVID-19 death toll in the world, even when millions of doses of the COVID-19 have been distributed and administered nationwide.
According to NPR, 12.9% of the total U.S. population has been vaccinated, with the U.S. currently administering over 1.8 million doses each day.
The total number of vaccines administered in the U.S. has reached 63 million, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Although new cases have steadily been decreasing in the country, it reported over 13,000 deaths and over 500,000 new cases last week, according to JHU.
Data from JHU further shows that the U.S. has recorded a total of 28,129,860 cases.