Nearly all COVID deaths in US are now among unvaccinated

Wkbt 1920x1080

Nearly all COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. now are in people who weren’t vaccinated, a staggering demonstration of how effective the shots have been and an indication that deaths per day — now down to under 300 — could be practically zero if everyone eligible got the vaccine.

An Associated Press analysis of available government data from May shows that “breakthrough” infections in fully vaccinated people accounted for fewer than 1,200 of more than 853,000 COVID-19 hospitalizations. That’s about 0.1%.

And only about 150 of the more than 18,000 COVID-19 deaths in May were in fully vaccinated people. That translates to about 0.8%, or five deaths per day on average.

About 63% of all vaccine-eligible Americans — those 12 and older — have received at least one dose, and 53% are fully vaccinated, according to the CDC. While vaccine remains scarce in much of the world, the U.S. supply is so abundant and demand has slumped so dramatically that shots sit unused.

Read more on the stats:

In other developments:

  • The Biden administration has extended the nationwide ban on evictions for a month to help tenants who are unable to make rent payments during the coronavirus pandemic, but it said this is expected to be the last time it does so.
  • With the July Fourth holiday approaching, the White House acknowledged this week that Biden will fall shy of his 70% vaccination goal and an associated aim of fully vaccinating 165 million adults in the same time frame. 
  • The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits dropped last week, a sign that layoffs declined and the job market is improving.
  • Overdose deaths among Black Americans surged during the COVID-19 pandemic.