Though COVID-19 cases hit their lowest point since the beginning of the pandemic on Thursday, the U.S. also surpassed 600,000 coronavirus deaths on that same day.

Though the United States’ vaccine rollout has been impressive and efficient (50 percent of all adults have been vaccinated), Americans are still dying as a result of COVID infection, though at far lower numbers than before.

Enthusiasm about the vaccine seems to have come to decreased in recent weeks. Vaccine hesitation, in addition to unequal healthcare access, presents a new road bump on the path to a COVID-free world.

On Thursday, the seven-day average of new vaccinations fell below one million for the first time since January, according to CDC data.

The CDC also predicts that the death rate will continue to go down in the coming weeks. In fact, the agency predicts that “800 to 4,800 new deaths [will] likely [be] reported in the week ending June 26, 2021.”

Unfortunately, the death rate among unvaccinated adults remains the same as it was in March.

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