U.S. Nears ‘Stunning’ Toll of 500,000 Coronavirus Deaths

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    The top U.S. infectious diseases specialist says the U.S. isn’t out of the “stunning” coronavirus pandemic, even as cases fall sharply and vaccinations expand, although “normality” may be at hand by year-end.

    Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, spoke as the U.S. stands on the verge of a milestone few imagined when the first Covid-19 cases were diagnosed a year ago: 500,000 deaths. That mark is likely to be reached in the next few days, depending on whose count is used.

    “Half a million deaths. It’s just — it’s terrible. It is historic. We haven’t seen anything even close to this for well over a hundred years since the 1918 pandemic of influenza,” Fauci said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

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