Study Finds Many Pandemic Deaths Were Preventable : Consider This from NPR As the U.S. marks one million people dead from COVID-19, scientists suggest that nearly one third of those deaths could have been prevented if more people had chosen to be vaccinated. NPR's Selena Simmons-Duffin reports.

And even though the unvaccinated continue to make up a majority of COVID-19 cases and related hospitalizations, the number of Americans who say they won't get a COVID shot hasn't budged in a year. NPR's John Burnett spoke to a few of them.

In participating regions, you'll also hear a local news segment to help you make sense of what's going on in your community.

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How Many Of America's One Million COVID Deaths Were Preventable?

How Many Of America's One Million COVID Deaths Were Preventable?

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Flags at the base of the Washington Monument fly at half staff to mark one 1 million deaths attributed to COVID-19. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption

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Flags at the base of the Washington Monument fly at half staff to mark one 1 million deaths attributed to COVID-19.

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As the U.S. marks one million people dead from COVID-19, scientists suggest that nearly one third of those deaths could have been prevented if more people had chosen to be vaccinated. NPR's Selena Simmons-Duffin reports.

And even though the unvaccinated continue to make up a majority of COVID-19 cases and related hospitalizations, the number of Americans who say they won't get a COVID shot hasn't budged in a year. NPR's John Burnett spoke to a few of them.

In participating regions, you'll also hear a local news segment to help you make sense of what's going on in your community.

Email us at considerthis@npr.org.

This episode was produced by Brianna Scott, Brent Baughman, and Gabe O'Connor. It was edited by Ashley Brown. Our executive producer is Cara Tallo.