: Another grim milestone: U.S. tops 750,000 deaths from COVID-19


The U.S. has surpassed 750,000 deaths due to COVID-19.

According to data from Johns Hopkins University, the coronavirus has killed 750,410 Americans since the pandemic began in early 2020, as of Wednesday night.

More than 46.2 million Americans have been infected with the virus. The U.S. leads the world in both of those figures, by a wide margin. Brazil has the second-most deaths, with more than 608,000, according to Hopkins data.

According to a New York Times tracker, the U.S. is averaging about 73,000 COVID-19 cases a day, and nearly 1,300 deaths a day, down 18% from two weeks ago.

Meanwhile, the government has said there is enough Pfizer

vaccine on hand to inoculate the nation’s 28 million children between the ages of 5 and 11. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday approved the vaccine for kids, and some received their first shots Wednesday.

About 78% of Americans 12 and older have gotten at least one shot, with 68% fully vaccinated, according to New York Times data. Overall, about 67% of the U.S. has received one shot, and 58% are fully vaccinated.

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