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In the first week of 2021, 1.4 million new cases of COVID-19 were detected in the US. In that first week, 16,822 Americans died of coronavirus. That makes COVID-19, for now, the number-one killer of Americans in 2021, outpacing deaths from cardiovascular disease and cancer.
The best estimates, accounting for asymptomatic infections and variation in testing, suggest that 20% of the US has been infected with COVID-19. As the infection prevalence went from 0% to 20%, 375,000 Americans died.
If it weren’t for the new vaccines, things would look pretty bleak. But the startlingly high efficacy rate of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, which started rolling out on the darkest days of the year, bring hope. The sun is rising earlier and setting later again.