A man who openly mocked COVID-19 vaccinations has died after contracting the virus, aged just 34.

According to BBC, Stephen Harmon died at a hospital in Los Angeles last Wednesday, after a month-long battle with the virus.

Harmon, a member of the Hillsong megachurch, which is a vocal opponent of vaccines, had last month tweeted "I got 99 problems but a vax ain't one."

On Wednesday, he had taken to Twitter to inform that he was to be intubated due to pneumonia and low oxygen levels, and said "Don't know when I'll wake up, please pray."

Despite his dire condition, Harmon had even shunned vaccination, saying that he believed The Bible more than health experts who promoted vaccination.

In the US, COVID-19 has now become the "pandemic of the unvaccinated", where data has shown that 99.5 percent of people dying of the virus are unvaccinated.

This is especially due to the highly contagious Delta variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes COVID-19, becoming the dominant strain in the country.

As of mid-July, less than 50 percent of the total US population have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

With more than 35.2 million cases and over 626,000 deaths, the US still leads the list of countries worst hit by the pandemic.

Source: BBC
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