US Hits Grim Milestone, 800,000 COVID-19 Deaths

In Summary

The U.S. is nearing 1 million deaths stemming from COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic. The unsettling news comes as the highly transmittable omicron spreads.  

Nearly two years after it was discovered in Wuhan, China, and one year after the first vaccine doses were administered, COVID-19 has killed over 800,000 people in the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced.  

The heartbreaking news comes as the omicron variant of the virus is spreading at a faster rate than previous variants, the World Health Organization said. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the variant has been detected in 77 countries, according to CNN.  

“It’s tragic on so many levels,” immunologist and epidemiologist Dr. Helen Chu told NPR.  

Black Americans have experienced the highest COVID-19 death rates. Black people account for 15% of all COVID-19 deaths, the AP reported in June. 

According to an analysis by the Peterson Center on Healthcare and the Kaiser Family Foundation, around 163,000 of those deaths could have been prevented since the COVID-19 vaccine became widely accessible earlier this year. 

RELATED: WHO Speculates Africa Won’t Reach 70% Vaccination Goal Until Late 2024

The Commonwealth Fund found that 1.1 million COVID-19 deaths were avoided this past year because of the U.S.’ vaccine rollout.  

The U.S. also has the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the world, with around 50 million people having tested positive since the start of the pandemic.  

Since Dec. 3, the country is averaging over 1,000 COVID-19 deaths a day, a notable increase from the 300 deaths a day average from June and July.  

Experts expect a surge in cases because of the omicron variant, which is reportedly more transmissible than previous variants.  

Latest in Coronavirus Pandemic

Coronavirus Pandemic

Child Abuse Report: Deaths of Black Children Up During COVID-19 Pandemic 

Coronavirus Pandemic

‘You Win If You’re Not White’: COVID Equity Guidance Facing Attacks

Stephen A Smith

Coronavirus Pandemic

Stephen A. Smith on COVID-19 Battle: The Vaccine Saved My Life

Poor People's Campaign at Inequality Rally

Coronavirus Pandemic

COVID Rages on as Inequality Explodes. It’s Time to Tax Billionaires

Coronavirus Pandemic

SCOTUS Blocks Biden’s COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate for Businesses

Coronavirus Pandemic

64th Grammy Awards Postponed Due to Omicron Variant

Coronavirus Pandemic

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin Tests Positive For COVID-19

Coronavirus Pandemic

CDC Says to Avoid Cruise Ships at all Costs Amid Omicron Surge