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NEW YORK, Jan. 20 (Xinhua) -- Low vaccination rate in the United States is an obvious reason that the Omicron variant is "more likely to kill Americans," the news website Daily Beast said Tuesday.

Some countries have weathered the Omicron wave with relatively low severe cases or deaths despite surging cases, according to the report, citing Singapore and South Africa as examples.

But the United States have not seen the same degree of "decoupling" between infections and deaths, mainly due to its low vaccination rate as just 63 percent of Americans are fully vaccinated, 37 percent are boosted, it added.

"The worry is that once spread occurs among older segments (of the population), hospitalizations and deaths might creep up," said Edwin Michael, an epidemiologist at the Center for Global Health Infectious Disease Research at the University of South Florida.

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