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Here’s how many people have really died from COVID-19 in the US

1 in 500 residents of the United States has died of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic

Caregivers wait in line to receive a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in Anchorage, Alaska
Front-line caregivers wait in line to receive a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage, Alaska
Loren Holmes, Anchorage Daily News via Associated Press

The United States reached a grim milestone in the coronavirus pandemic Tuesday — 1 in 500 people in the U.S. has died of COVID-19.

These numbers arrive as the U.S. population can get vaccinated against the novel coronavirus. Free COVID-19 vaccines are available at major pharmacies and testing sites across the nation.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, recently said on the “Today” show that vaccines are the key to returning to normal and eliminating COVID-19.

  • “If we do it right and get through the winter, I hope as we get to the spring of 2022, we’ll get there,” he said on the “Today” show.

Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the director for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said the U.S. could avoid another spike if the U.S. doubles down on the vaccine.

  • “I think now is our moment to really double down on our vaccination efforts and our other prevention interventions,” she said on “Good Morning America.”