Life expectancy in the United States fell by a full year during the first half of 2020, a staggering decline that reflects the toll of the pandemic as well as a rise in deaths from drug overdoses, heart attacks and diseases that accompanied the outbreak, according to government data released Thursday.
Lack of access to vaccines from their own country means U.S. diplomats abroad are accepting host government offers of their own supply of U.S.-made vaccines to get inoculated.
The Department of Homeland Security has seized more than 11 million counterfeit N95 masks meant for front-line workers in recent weeks, including more than 1 million on Wednesday, officials said.
About 33 percent of service members have declined voluntary coronavirus vaccinations, defense officials said Wednesday, acknowledging that more inoculations would better prepare the military for worldwide missions.
Nearly 28 million cases have been reported in the United States with 489,000 deaths but the numbers of new cases continues to fall reaching rates now comparable to late October.