Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, said Sunday that 99.2 percent of COVID-19 deaths in June involved people who were not vaccinated, according to The Hill.
Fauci said the deaths were “avoidable and preventable.”
“If you look at the number of deaths, about 99.2 percent of them are unvaccinated. About 0.8 percent are vaccinated. No vaccine is perfect. But when you talk about the avoidability of hospitalization and death, Chuck, it’s really sad and tragic that most all of these are avoidable and preventable,” Fauci told host Chuck Todd on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
He added, “I mean, obviously there are going to be some people, because of the variability among people and their response to vaccine, that you’ll see some who are vaccinated and still get into trouble and get hospitalized and die. But the overwhelming proportion of people who get into trouble are the unvaccinated. Which is the reason why we say this is really entirely avoidable and preventable.”
Nearly 10,000 people in the U.S. died from COVID-19 in June, Todd noted.
The Hill noted that as of Sunday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that “67.1 percent of U.S. adults had received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose, and 47.4 percent of the total U.S. population is fully vaccinated” — falling “short of President Biden’s goal of having 70 percent of American adults at least partially vaccinated by July 4.”
An analysis of government data by The Associated Press last month found that almost all recent deaths from COVID-19 in the U.S. are among those who have not been vaccinated.
The data from May showed that only 0.8 percent of the people who died from COVID-19 were fully vaccinated, which translates to 150 people out of more than 18,000 who died from the virus that month.
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