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'We've done worse than most any other country,' Fauci says as US marks grim Covid-19 death toll

February 23, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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The US has now surpassed the devastating milestone of half a million Covid-19 deaths. It's a staggering figure that experts say did not have to be this high.

The US Covid-19 death toll is by far the highest of any country -- and more than double that of Brazil's, which according to Johns Hopkins University data has the next highest number of virus-related fatalities.

The US has also reported the most infections, with now more than 28 million Americans having tested positive for Covid-19.

"The majority of people in this country, despite previous infections and despite two months of vaccine, the majority of people still have no protection against Covid and can get infected," he told CNN.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said during a Covid-19 briefing Monday that while numbers may be trending in the right direction, "cases, hospital admissions and deaths remain at very high levels. "

In fact, Canadian researchers reported Monday that people's sense of smell and taste may not return for up to five months after becoming infected with coronavirus.

"Our results show that an impaired sense of smell and taste may persist in a number of people with Covid-19," Dr. Johannes Frasnelli of the University of Quebec, who worked on the study, said in a statement.

So far, more than 44 million Americans have received at least their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, CDC data shows.

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