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Despite vaccines, more people have died from Covid in the United States this year than in the past.

Vaccines were supposed to bring the pandemic under control this year. Instead, Covid-19 has killed more people in the United States this year than it did last year before the vaccines arrived.

As of Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had registered 386,233 deaths from Covid-19 in 2021, up from 385,343 in 2020. The final number for this year will be higher, not only because there is more than a month left, but also because it takes time for local agencies to report deaths to the CDC.

Covid-19 also caused a higher percentage of US deaths this year than last year: about 13 percent, up from 11 percent.

Experts say the higher death toll is the result of a confluence of factors: most importantly lower than necessary vaccination rates, but also a weakening of everyday precautions such as masks and social distancing, and a rise in highly contagious Delta variants.

In fact, according to public health experts, many Americans are acting as if Covid-19 is now a manageable endemic disease rather than a crisis – a transition that will eventually happen but hasn’t happened yet.

However, many also refuse to be vaccinated in the amount necessary to move into what scientists call “endemic,” which would mean the virus would still circulate at a lower rate, with periodic increases and decreases, but not a spike in devastating cycles that characterized the pandemic. Only 59 percent of Americans are fully vaccinated, the lowest rate of any country in the Group of 7.

“We have a very unfortunate situation with low vaccination coverage and, in fact, in most places, a return to normal behaviors that put people at greater risk of exposure to the virus,” said Jennifer Nuzzo, epidemiologist and senior specialist. Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security Fellow. “If you don’t take any protective measures, you have a virus that can spread faster and you have dangerous immune gaps, which, unfortunately, leads to many ongoing serious illnesses and deaths.”

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Dr. Celine Gunder, an infectious disease specialist at Bellevue Hospital Center, estimates that approximately 15 percent of the US population may have immunity from a prior infection that is not as strong or durable as immunity from vaccines.

Many of these people have also been vaccinated, but even assuming the two groups do not overlap and 74 percent of Americans have some level of immunity, it still won’t be enough to end the pandemic, Dr. Gunder said. For the coronavirus to become endemic, it will likely require 85 to 90 percent of vaccinations, she said.

“When the vaccines started, people in their minds said, ‘The Covid is over,’ said Dr. Gaunder. “And so, even if not enough people are vaccinated, their behavior has returned – for some people at least – to more normal behavior, and with this change in behavior, you will have an increase in transmission.”

Several news outlets reported last week that the number of deaths in 2021 exceeded the number of deaths in 2020. These reports were based on counting deaths based on when they were reported, not when they occurred – meaning that some deaths since late 2020 were counted in early 2021. The CDC’s estimates, which did not show that the milestone was reached until this week, are more accurate because they are based on dates on death certificates.

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