July 26, 2021

The United States on Wednesday passed 100,000 coronavirus deaths, a grim figure that continues to rise as the disease continues its deadly march across the country. According to data from Johns Hopkins University, at least 100,047 Americans have died from COVID-19-related complications. Experts say the actual death toll is most certainly higher. There have been more than 1.6 million confirmed cases of the virus reported in the United States — far more than in any other country in the world. (According to Reuters, 20 U.S. states reported an increase in new coronavirus cases for the week that ended May 24, up from 13 states in the prior week.) Meanwhile, there have been more than 5.5 million coronavirus cases and over 350,000 deaths worldwide. In late March, members of the White House coronavirus task force projected between 100,000 and 200,000 American deaths if U.S. citizens practiced social distancing guidelines “almost perfectly.”

As presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden transitions his campaign from the primaries toward the general election, buzz is turning to a “shortlist” of his potential running mates.

While the former vice president has committed to selecting a woman, very few further details are confirmed — other than a desire to have a “simpatico” partner. There’s also been mounting pressure since the beginning of the primary cycle for Biden to pick a black woman.

Rep. Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., has previously said he’d prefer an African-American woman running mate, but stopped short of suggesting Biden limit his search.

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