US virus deaths surpass 450K; daily toll is stubbornly high

  • In this image from video, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, speaks during a White House briefing on the Biden administration’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, in Washington. (White House via AP)

  • FILE - In this Jan. 26, 2021, file photo, respiratory therapist Bailey Synhavong begins to put on protective equipment, which will include a face shield, gloves, gown, head cover and mask, before going into a patient's room in the COVID intensive care unit at UW Medical Center-Montlake in Seattle. Coronavirus hospitalizations are falling across the United States, but deaths have remained stubbornly high. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

  • FILE - In this Jan. 26, 2021, file photo, registered nurse Diane Miller stands in the "hot zone," defined by red tape on the floor, as she waits to exchange equipment with a colleague who will remain on the other side of the tape in the COVID acute care unit at UW Medical Center-Montlake in Seattle. Coronavirus hospitalizations are falling across the United States, but deaths have remained stubbornly high. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

  • FILE - In this Dec. 27, 2020, file photo, registered nurse Leslie Clark, left, collects a nasal swab sample from a woman who declined to give her name at a COVID-19 testing site in Los Angeles. Coronavirus hospitalizations are falling across the United States, but deaths have remained stubbornly high. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

  • FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2021, file photo, emergency medical technician Thomas Hoang, 29, of Emergency Ambulance Service, pushes a gurney into an emergency room to drop off a COVID-19 patient in Placentia, Calif. Coronavirus hospitalizations are falling across the United States, but deaths have remained stubbornly high. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

  • FILE - In this Jan. 5, 2021, file photo, cars line up for COVID-19 testing outside Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. Coronavirus hospitalizations are falling across the United States, but deaths have remained stubbornly high. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

  • A hospital worker places a “COVID Patient” sticker on a body bag holding a deceased patient Jan. 9 at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in the Mission Hills section of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

Coronavirus deaths in the United States surpassed 450,000 on Thursday, and daily deaths remain stubbornly high at more than 3,000 a day, despite falling infections and the arrival of multiple vaccines.