500,000 Americans Die from COVID-19 – level 3
Nearly a year since the pandemic upended the nation, the US crossed the staggering milestone of 500,000 COVID-19 deaths.
Dr. Anthony Fauci is the White House COVID-19 medical advisor, and he said that the coronavirus pandemic was something that the country had not been through since the 1918 influenza pandemic. Fauci said that the situation was terrible and is was still going to be. He added that it was possible Americans would still need to wear masks in 2022.
Only 15% of the US population has received a vaccination so far, and only about 19 million of people have received two doses. However, the US president, Joe Biden, said that he was confident that 600 million of doses would be distributed by July 2021. He believed that the country would be approaching normalcy by the end of 2021, and this year’s Christmas would be different than the last.
Difficult words: upend (to turn upside down), staggering (shocking and overwhelming), normalcy (the state of being normal).
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