Altogether, more than 500,000 people could die from Covid-19 in the United States by early spring despite the release of the coronavirus vaccine, the Institute of Health Metrics and Assessment (IHME) projects at the University of Washington in Seattle.
“Even with the expected introduction of vaccines, the United States is projected to record 539,000 deaths by April 1 … In the United States, the expected vaccine introduction will reduce the death toll by only 9,000 deaths by April 1,” quotes IHME Sputnik, Washington in Seattle.
Projections show that the rapid introduction of vaccines is projected to reduce the death toll from Covid-19 to 528,000 in the United States with vaccines targeting high-risk groups, and the death rate could be reduced from 548,000 to 524,000.
“Projections show that if mask wear increased to 95 percent, combined with the expected introduction of vaccines, approximately 66,000 lives could be saved, compared to the vaccine scenario, with the same level of mask wear today. Even with the vaccine, if states fail to take action to contain the current spikes, the death toll could reach 770,000 by April 1, ”according to IHME.
The steady decline in Covid-19 infection rates worldwide is expected to begin in February and continue into March and beyond, the IHME continued.
Earlier this week, a committee of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) voted to give healthcare workers and nursing home residents the first Covid-19 vaccine after dosing was introduced within three weeks.
U.S. President Donald Trump said at Saturday’s rally in Valdosta, Georgia, that coronavirus vaccines will be made available in the U.S. next week, Sputnik said.
The number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the US has exceeded 14.5 million. More than 281,000 people have died from coronavirus infection in the United States, which has the highest number of deaths from Covid-19 and the highest number of confirmed cases in any country in the world.