'No doubt' US has undercounted Covid deaths: Fauci

Anthony S. Fauci wearing a suit and tie: Top US Covid advisor Anthony Fauci says there is 'no doubt' that the nation's virus toll is higher than reported © Brendan Smialowski Top US Covid advisor Anthony Fauci says there is 'no doubt' that the nation's virus toll is higher than reported

The United States, which has reported the world's worst overall Covid-19 death toll, has "no doubt" been undercounting fatal cases, top pandemic advisor Anthony Fauci said Sunday.

The country has officially lost over 581,000 people to the disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus -- but a University of Washington study released Thursday estimated deaths at more than 900,000.

"That's a bit more than I would have thought the undercounting was," Fauci told NBC's "Meet The Press."

"But I think there's no doubt... that we are and have been undercounting."

The United States has reported over 32.6 million cases since the virus was first identified at the end of 2019 in China.


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'No doubt' US has undercounted Covid deaths: Fauci