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Contributing Writer | Telegraph Local
The US is quickly reaching a milestone it never wanted: the most COVID deaths in the world.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has forecasted the coronavirus death toll by Sept. 26 will stand between 200,000 and 211,000.
If the high end of the forecast comes into play, that would be an increase of roughly 25,000 lives from where the number stands now, according to the agency.
That would also mean that the US would have the highest COVID-19 death toll in the world by then.
US News says that while some states will see a decline in the number of new fatalities, others could see an increase. The model forecasts that six states and territories have a greater than 75% chance of an uptick in new deaths over the next two weeks compared to the past two weeks: Michigan, New York, Vermont, American Samoa, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands.
In a rare bid to push politics to the side, Vice President Mike Pence urged state governors to join the Trump administration in promoting a future coronavirus vaccine by reassuring the public that it will be safe and effective, according to a report from USA Today.
Currently, there is no approved vaccine for COVID, but President Trump has been pushing for a vaccine to be available before Election Day, which public health experts have said is unlikely.
In a private call with governors, the audio of which was obtained by The Associated Press, Pence said, “What we don’t want is people undermining confidence in the process,”
What wasn’t made clear was how Pence proposed that state leaders promote a vaccine that doesn’t yet exist.
Even with its scores of top scientists, the most advanced labs, and plenty of resources, the US, considered the world’s richest nation, seems to be struggling the most with the coronavirus.
Jennifer Nuzzo, a Johns Hopkins University public health researcher, said that “It is completely unfathomable that we’ve reached this point,” AP News reports.
AP mentions that the average death toll is still climbing. Deaths are running at close to 770 a day on average, and a widely cited model from the University of Washington predicts the U.S. toll will double to 400,000 by the end of the year as schools and colleges reopen and cold weather sets in. A vaccine is unlikely to become widely available until 2021.