It was reported that more Americans have died from the Chinese coronavirus under President Joe Biden than last year despite widespread vaccine availability. Data was reported from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showing that the U.S. had reported 386,233 coronavirus-related deaths in 2021. The U.S. had 385,343 deaths in 2020 and it is expected to increase.
Experts explained that the fatalities were mainly focused on crucially lower than needed vaccination rates but also on the relaxation of precautions like social distancing and masks, as well as the rise of the highly contagious Delta variant.
Public health experts stated that many Americans act as if Covid-19 is not a crisis and that the transition will occur eventually.
Many are refusing to be vaccinated in sufficient numbers to make the transition to endemicity, which would mean that the virus would still circulate at a lower level. Only 59% of Americans have been fully vaccinated, which is the lowest level of vaccination among all seven Group countries.
Blaming lower-than necessary vaccination rates is absurd since the vaccine is widely available throughout the year.
The same cannot be said about 2020 when the world was only beginning to understand what the virus was. Vaccines were not readily available for all eligible people until 2018, despite Trump’s efforts to expedite vaccine production through Operation Warp Speed.
It was reported that the increase in fatalities was due to “relaxation of everyday precautions”, which was one of the main incentives offered to Americans during the vaccine rollout. Many of them promised that vaccines would allow Americans to return to pre-pandemic normalcy, which proved to be false as many blue states and localities reintroduced restrictions.
Florida is the only state that challenges the claim that lax mitigation measures contribute to the increase in fatalities and spread. Gov. Ron DeSantis was subject to constant scrutiny throughout the pandemic for prioritizing personal liberty and refusing to confine the state during the pandemic. Florida has the lowest per capita coronavirus rate in the country.
The most recent Florida figures show a 5% decrease in cases over 14 days.
States that have reinstituted mandates like Illinois aren’t faring so well. They report an average daily of 4,599 cases or 36 per capita. This is an increase of 73% over the same period.
Similar trends are also being observed in other blue states like Pennsylvania, New York, and Michigan. Last year Biden blamed Trump for the deaths from coronavirus in the United States. Biden said that anyone who is responsible for that many deaths should be removed from office as President of the United States of America.