US nears 500,000 Covid deaths

Washington (AFP) – The United States stood on the brink Sunday of recording 500,000 Covid-related deaths since the start of the pandemic, while nations globally pressed on with vaccination rollouts, including with Australia giving its first shots. The catastrophic US toll comes as some signs of hope are emerging in the world’s hardest-hit country, with millions of people now vaccinated and winter’s massive spike in infections dropping. But deaths are still coming, and President Joe Biden last month warned that “well over” 600,000 people in the US could die from the virus.  “It’s terrible. It i…

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