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U.S. adds another 4,000 COVID-19 deaths; 3-day toll over 11,000

Masked pedestrians are ride an escalator at the Staten Island Ferry in New York City on January 15 in front of a coronavirus warning sign.  Photo by John Angelillo/UPI
Masked pedestrians are ride an escalator at the Staten Island Ferry in New York City on January 15 in front of a coronavirus warning sign.  Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

Jan. 22 (UPI) -- The United States added about 3,950 new coronavirus-related deaths Thursday and close to 189,000 new cases, according to data reported Friday from Johns Hopkins University.

About 11,000 patients in the United States have died of COVID-19 in the last three days alone, according to Johns Hopkins.

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Since the start of the pandemic, there have been about 24.64 million cases and 410,400 deaths nationwide.

The worldwide case count to date is close to 100 million.

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According to a survey released Friday by the Kaiser Family Foundation, more than half of Americans don't know when or where they can receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

The survey found that 6 in 10 U.S. adults said they didn't have any information about where the vaccines are available.

The poll also found that two-thirds of respondents said the federal government is doing a "fair" or "poor" job of distributing vaccines to states and about half said distribution efforts will improve under President Joe Biden.

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The Trump administration has been criticized for its handling of the distribution of two approved vaccines, from Pfizer and Moderna.

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 17.6 million people in the United States have received at least one dose of the vaccine so far, and 38 million doses have been distributed to health providers.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious diseases expert and Biden's chief medical adviser, said Thursday that the available vaccines might not be as effective against mutated strains of the coronavirus that have been found in recent weeks.

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"We're paying very close attention to it," he told reporters at the White House. "There are alternative plans if we ever have to modify the vaccine.

That's not something that is a very onerous thing, we can do that given the platforms we have."

Other COVID-19 updates on Friday:

  • NFL scouts are having more difficulty this year evaluating potential draft picks after the spring combine was canceled due to the pandemic.
  • Experts say the currently available coronavirus vaccines should still be effective against variants of the disease that are emerging around the world.
  • A United Nations report says that more than 45% of North Koreans are undernourished -- the highest rate in the Asia-Pacific region -- and that COVID-19 hardships could "erase" improvements in food security in recent years.
  • Comedian Dave Chappelle has tested positive for the coronavirus disease.
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