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Nearly all recent COVID-19 deaths in the US were of people who had not been vaccinated, a new analysis found.
The examination by the Associated Press of data provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was released as about 63 percent of all eligible American adults have received at least one dose of the vaccine — and 53 percent are fully vaccinated.
The AP found that only 150 of the more than 18,000 coronavirus deaths in May were of people who were fully vaccinated.
In the same month, more than 853,000 people were hospitalized with COVID-19. Less than 1,200 of them, or roughly 0.1 percent, were fully vaccinated.
On Tuesday, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky spoke of the effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccine.
“Nearly every death, especially among adults, due to COVID-19, is, at this point, entirely preventable,” Walensky said.
AP’s findings come as COVID-19 deaths per day in the nation have dropped dramatically — from a daily high of about 3,400 in mid-January to currently under 300.
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