THE US has surpassed a grim milestone of more than 400,000 Covid deaths – around the same number as died in World War II.
It comes as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the military will help the vaccine rollout across the country in the ongoing fight against coronavirus.
The US has now recorded more than 400,000 Covid deaths a year on from when the first case was recorded in the countryCredit: AFP or licensors
Chilling figures show around 3,400 Americans are dying every day.
The US has today surpassed 400,000 deaths, with data showing 410,096 have now died from the bug.
A total of 24,726,302 cases have now been recorded across the country.
The US makes up four per cent of the world’s population but around 20 per cent of its Covid deaths.
The grim milestone has been hit a year after the disease began circulating on January 18 after being imported from China.
It comes as Joe Biden’s new CDC director today announced the incoming administration plans to bring in the military to speed up the jab rollout
Speaking on Good Morning America, Dr Rochelle Wallensky said the organisation will also commission medical personnel and retirees as well as nursing students to ensure there are enough people to vaccinate the population.
The first case was announced on January 21 – that of a 35-year-old man who had recently returned to Washington state from Wuhan, China.
At that point very little was known about the virus though China was putting the Covid epicenter city of Wuhan into what would be a 76 day lockdown.
Dr Anthony Fauci, the then obscure head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, sought to assure Americans “their risk is low” as Donald Trump thanked the Chinese for their cooperation.
The President announced a White House Covid taskforce on January 29 and two days later a ban on entry for foreign nationals who had traveled to China within the past 14 day.
The first official Covid death, a patient near Seattle was announced on February 29.
According to The Covid-19 Tracking Project, an average of 3,299 Americans have succumbed to the virus each day over the past week.
That’s more than the number of US citizens killed in the 9/11 terror attacks.