President Joe Biden said the country was marking “a tragic milestone” and each death was “an irreplaceable loss”.
It’s the highest official total in the world - although the World Health Organization believes the true death toll may be much higher elsewhere.
The US has also recorded more than 80 million Covid cases, out of a 330 million population.
Public health experts give several reasons for the high US death toll - including high rates of obesity and hypertension, overworked hospital systems, some vaccine hesitancy and a large older population.
A truly appalling statistic …
I blame Trump - his dissemination of misinformation misled millions of American citizens:
Published Sept. 30, 2020
Updated Oct. 6, 2021