May 7 (Reuters) – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is examining an estimate of global deaths from COVID-19 from the University of Washington that is more than double the official tally to determine if the numbers of the CDC need to be revised, CDC director Rochelle Walensky said at a press briefing on Friday.
Analysis by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation puts the worldwide death toll at nearly 6.9 million and the United States at over 900,000. The CDC on Wednesday estimated its latest official estimate at 575,491 deaths in the United States from the novel coronavirus. Read more
Other CDC figures also indicated a higher overall death toll from the pandemic. The CDC estimated that there had been as many as 162,400 more deaths than expected during the pandemic through February 27, 2021, excluding the deaths it attributed directly to COVID-19.
Deaths go unreported because most countries only register those that occur in hospitals or of patients with confirmed infection, according to the report.
The IHME estimated the total number of deaths from COVID-19 by comparing anticipated deaths from all causes based on pre-pandemic trends with the actual number of all deaths during the pandemic.
The IHME is an independent health research organization that provides a comparable measure of health problems around the world. He has been cited by the White House in the past and his reports are being watched closely by public health officials.
White House COVID-19 adviser Andy Slavitt said in Friday’s briefing that the United States plans to release approximately 10 million doses of COVID-19 from AstraZeneca PLC (AZN.L) in the weeks to come pending U.S. regulatory clearance, reiterating previous White House directives.
The US government has come under increasing pressure in recent weeks to provide surplus vaccines to other countries in desperate need of it as it advances rapidly by vaccinating its own residents. Many countries where the virus is still rife are struggling to obtain vaccines to help control the pandemic.
Reporting by Carl O’Donnell Editing by Chizu Nomiyama
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