More than 25 million Covid-19 instances have been recorded within the United States for the reason that pandemic started, Johns Hopkins University stated Sunday, simply days after President Joe Biden’s inauguration.

The milestone was reached solely 5 days after the US, the world’s wealthiest and hardest-hit nation, recorded 400,000 deaths from the illness.

Biden has made preventing the coronavirus a precedence and is pushing for Congress to approve a $1.9-trillion aid bundle that would come with billions of {dollars} to spice up vaccination charges.

Biden has stated he desires 100 million individuals vaccinated inside his first 100 days in workplace, and he has referred to as for Americans to put on masks for 100 days.

Countries world wide are in a race towards time to get their populations inoculated earlier than the coronavirus mutates right into a pressure that might resist newly accredited vaccinations.

Vivek Murthy, Biden’s nominee for surgeon-general, advised ABC News on Sunday that 100 million doses in 100 days was “a floor, not a ceiling” and cautioned about new strains.

“The variants are very concerning,” Murthy advised the community.

“It’s up to us to adapt and stay ahead,” he added.

White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain stated Biden’s administration would “take responsibility” for the trajectory. Former president Donald Trump got here below frequent criticism for perceived federal inaction in combating the virus.

“We’re going to set up these federal vaccination centers to make sure that in states that don’t have enough … we fill those gaps,” Klain advised the NBC News present “Meet the Press.”

“We need more vaccine, we need more vaccinators and we need more vaccine sites.”

The US caseload stays by far the world’s highest in absolute phrases.

India, the place the inhabitants is about 4 occasions bigger than within the US, has the second-highest caseload with about 10.6 million instances, based on Johns Hopkins.

After the primary Covid-19 case was reported within the US in January 2020 it took till late April for the determine to cross a million. The general variety of instances has adopted an nearly exponential curve upwards since then.

Xavier Becerra, Biden’s secretary of well being and human companies nominee, likened the Covid-19 trajectory below Trump to a aircraft about to crash.

“We’ve got to pull it up and you aren’t going to do that overnight, but we’ll pull it up — we have to pull it up,” he advised CNN.

“Failure is not an option here.”

Last week, Johns Hopkins introduced greater than 400,000 individuals within the US had died from Covid-19, a grim marker that got here in the future earlier than Biden’s inauguration.

The US has now recorded 25,003,695 million instances, based on the Baltimore-based college’s coronavirus monitoring web site — although with testing shaky at first of the pandemic, the true toll is believed to be a lot increased.

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