The United States, the country hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic, on Wednesday exceeded 250,000 deaths from covid-19. The number of infections is 11,468,739, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
With more than 11 million cases, represents almost a fifth of the total number of registered infections worldwide since the appearance of the new coronavirus in China in late 2019.
Despite the fact that New York is no longer the state with the highest number of infections, it remains the hardest hit in terms of deaths in the United States. They are followed in number of deaths by Texas, California, Florida and New Jersey.
Other states with a large death toll are Illinois, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Georgia, or Michigan.
In the last two weeks the country registers more than 1,000 deaths and 150,000 cases daily.
The provisional death toll far exceeds the lower limit of the White House’s initial estimates, which projected between 100,000 and 240,000 deaths from the pandemic in the best of cases.
The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluations (IHME) of the University of Washington, whose models for predicting the evolution of the pandemic are often set by the White House, estimates that by the end of the year the United States will reach 320,000 deaths and for March 1 at 440,000.
Faced with the situation that the country is going through, on Monday President-elect Joe Biden expressed frustration over Trump’s reluctance to cooperate with the transition to the new government and warned that “more people could die” from coronavirus without immediate coordination of actions against the pandemic.
“More people could die if we do not coordinate” on issues such as the distribution of vaccines against covid-19 as soon as possible, the Democratic leader told reporters when asked what is the greatest threat posed by the obstruction of Trump, who still does not recognize the defeat at the polls, the change of government.
“If to start planning we have to wait until [el día de investidura] on January 20, we would be a month or a month and a half late, “said the former vice president. And I add: “So it is important that there is coordination now or as quickly as possible.”
Biden, for his part, was concerned about the spread of the virus in the country: “We are entering a very dark winter. Things are going to get a lot tougher before they get better. “
Faced with a new acceleration of the virus, some states and cities have restored the restrictions, anticipating the celebrations of Thanksgiving Day, marked in general by large family gatherings and trips around the country.
Faced with the increase in infections, New York City announced this Wednesday that it will close its schools again due to the advance of covid-19. In an email to the directors of educational institutions, Richard Carranza, the official in charge of its operation, explained that the measure was taken after the city registered a positivity rate greater than 3% for more than seven consecutive days, the threshold established as the limit to enable face-to-face education.
The mayor of Chicago, the third-largest city in the country, has asked its residents to stay home, with the exception of essential travel.
Race for the vaccine
The vaccine developed by the Pfizer / BioNTech alliance It is 95% effective in preventing COVID-19, compared to the 90% announced last week, based on the complete final results of its large-scale phase 3 clinical trial, the companies announced in a joint statement on Wednesday.
US drugmaker Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech said the product will be submitted for regulatory approval “in a few days.”, after their final analysis suggested that the drug is even more effective than previously thought. The results also showed that the vaccine protects older people at higher risk of dying from COVID-19.
“The results of the study mark an important step in this historic eight-month journey to present a vaccine capable of helping end this devastating pandemic,” said Pfizer CEO, Albert Bourla.