Since the pandemic began, there have been 274,311 deaths reported.
An updated model forecast by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington projected a total of 470,974 Covid-19 deaths in the United States by March 1, 2021, based on current projection scenario.
Utah officials said frontline health care workers will take top priority, with the five hospitals treating the most COVID-19 patients getting the first doses.
Also, the number of newly confirmed infections climbed just over 200,000 Wednesday for the second time in less than a week, by Johns Hopkins' count.
More than 1.5 million people worldwide have been killed pandemic COVID-19. The staggering figure coincided with the single-worst daily hospitalizations total which topped 100,000 on Wednesday as the nation reels from spiking cases nationwide.
News of the record-breaking statistic comes the same day the United Kingdom announced a major step in its race to develop COVID-19 vaccines, formally approving Pfizer and the German company BioNTech's vaccine for emergency use.
According to the Covid tracking project, as of Wednesday, the United States has exceeded 100,000 current hospitalisations, yet another viral milestone. "Without additional relief, it seems likely to break, even as we enter the third surge of the virus in the Mid-West and West", the letter said. He predicted that total deaths from COVID-19 could reach "close to 450,000" by February unless many more Americans begin taking more precautions to combat the virus' spread.
This month through February will be "the most hard in the public health history of the nation", he said. Johns Hopkins University initially reported that the death toll was 3,157 - which would have been higher than the 2,977 people who died in the terror attacks - and then dropped it to 2,804 deaths.
The 90-day extension to the state of catastrophe, which was declared more than 8 months ago, came amid fears that Chile may see a second wave of infections in early 2021, fueled by holiday season socializing.