The US death count from Covid-19 surpassed 600,000 on Tuesday, although authorities hailed progress towards a return to normality as its world-leading vaccination program promised to turn the page on one of the worst health crises in its history.
The U.S. seven-day COVID-19 death average has fallen by nearly 90% from its peak in January.
"We have more work to do to beat this virus and now's not the time to let our guard down", said President Joe Biden on the sidelines of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meetings in Brussels, Belgium, urging people to get vaccinated. The country reported 18,587 coronavirus-related deaths in May - about 81% less than in January, Reuters data showed.
The United States has racked up by far the largest national death count - ahead of Brazil and India - after a heavily-criticized early response to the pandemic, but has since organized among the world's most effective vaccine roll-outs.
"We are expecting one million doses of Cansino vaccine by the end of this week from China while are expecting around 12.5 million doses of AstraZeneca through COVAX by the end of this month but there is no confirmation in this regard", the official said, adding that institutions involved in procurement had been asked to beef up the process to meet the country's vaccine requirement.
Vaccinations are helping the number of COVID-19 infections to go down in most places.
"We have more work to do to beat this virus".
I urge everyone aged 21 and over to get your vaccines booked in as soon as possible to not only secure this extra defence for yourself, but to protect your loved ones too, he said. These include free childcare and rides to vaccination centers, extended Friday night hours at pharmacies and the chance to win $1 million or college scholarships in a lottery.
The National Coordination and Operation Centre (NCOC), which had received 100,000 doses of Pfizer vaccine, has supplied 26,000 doses to Punjab, which will be administered to immunocompromised people such as patients of organ transplant, cancer and AIDS on priority basis.