Almost every COVID-19 death is preventable, says CDC director
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said almost all COVID-19-related deaths can be stopped because of vaccines
- “COVID-19 vaccines are available for everyone ages 12 and up,” she said Tuesday, according to CNN. “They are nearly 100% effective against severe disease and death — meaning nearly every death due to COVID-19 is particularly tragic, because nearly every death, especially among adults, due to COVID-19 is at this point entirely preventable.”
Who is dying from COVID-19?
- “This virus is an opportunist,” Walensky said. “As long as there are those who are not vaccinated, COVID-19 will remain a threat.”
- “It’s the unvaccinated people that we’re concerned about. ... If they are unvaccinated, they are at risk.”
How many people are vaccinated against COVID-19?
Right now, there are about 150.4 million people fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in the United States, which is about 45.3% of the U.S. population, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- In total, 53.5% of the U.S. population has received at least one dose, according to the CDC.