February 23 At a time when the number of COVID-19 deaths in the United States exceeds 500,000, Anthony Fauci, a top infectious disease expert in the United States, said that political differences are an important reason for the alarming death toll of COVID-19 in the United States.
According to Reuters, Fauci said in an interview on the 22nd that the United States is being torn apart by political differences: “Wearing masks has become a political statement, not a public health measure.” Although the U.S. population accounts for only 4% of the world’s population, the country accounts for nearly 20% of the global total number of coronavirus deaths. In response, Fauci mentioned that in a rich country like the United States, the proportion of coronavirus deaths is so high and the hardest hit by the epidemic, all this should not have happened.
Fauci also cautioned that the emergence of more infectious mutant coronaviruses, especially new variants found in South Africa and Brazil, have been shown to reduce the immunity and the effectiveness of vaccines after contracting the novel coronavirus, making it challenging to predict when the United States will emerge from the epidemic.
According to the latest statistics released by Johns Hopkins University in the United States, as of about 8 o’clock Beijing time on the 23rd, the cumulative number of coronavirus deaths in the United States has exceeded 500,000,500,172, and the cumulative number of confirmed cases has reached 28,184,218.