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COVID Drops to 7th-Leading Cause of Death in U.S. Amid Vaccine Push

COVID-19 is now the seventh-leading cause of death in the U.S., compared to the pandemic’s peak when the respiratory disease briefly topped the list.

The most recent data from June showed that the average daily number of deaths from COVID-19 fell to 342, The Kaiser Family Foundation reported, citing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Heart attack was tops with an average of 2,101 daily deaths, followed by cancer, accidents, stroke, chronic lower respiratory disease and Alzheimer’s disease, Kaiser reported.

In comparison, COVID-19 was the leading cause in February as the pandemic hit its post-holiday peak, averaging nearly 2,500 related deaths a day, Kaiser said.

The decrease is in line with the nationwide push since December to vaccinate all Americans against COVID-19. As of Tuesday, roughly 67% of U.S. adults have received at least one vaccine dose, with more than 158 residents now fully vaccinated, according to CDC data.

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