US exceeds one million COVID deaths
The US passed one million deaths from COVID-19 on 4 May 2022, according to NBC News.
The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that more than 80 per cent of US deaths had been among unvaccinated people. However, during the Omicron surge in January and February this year, some 42 per cent of deaths were among vaccinated people. Most were over 75s who had been vaccinated but had not received boosters.
On 3 May, the CDC reinstated its recommendation for people to wear masks on planes, trains and buses.
Although 70 per cent of the US population aged over five is fully vaccinated, vaccines for young children are still not available. Both Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech have asked the FDA for approval of vaccines for children under five.
A CDC report found that 60 per cent of Americans have had COVID, including three out of four children. The highly contagious Omicron variant was responsible for most of the infections.
The study found that roughly 64 per cent of adults aged 18 to 49 years, about 50 per cent of those aged 50 to 64 years and about 33 per cent of older adults had been infected.