Why is this important: The first known death from COVID-19 was announced on January 11, 2020 in Wuhan, China, where the pandemic began. Almost two years later, the United States leads the world with 745,836 deaths. Brazil follows with 607,824.
- The actual number of deaths is believed to be higher due to the possible cover-up of data and cases that were overlooked in 2019.
Between the lines: While billions of doses of COVID vaccine have been administered around the world, disparities in global vaccine deployment persist, with low-income countries lagging far behind the richest.
- Just under 6% of Africa’s population are fully vaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- Nearly 250 million cases of COVID have been reported worldwide, according to data from John Hopkins University.
What to watch: Eye-catching memorials – honoring individual victims with flags, hearts, ribbons, stones, quilt panels and other simple items – have sprouted from London to LA, Indonesia to Argentina, reports AP.
What they say : ” With nearly 50,000 deaths per week, the pandemic is far from over – and these are just the reported deaths, ”WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told the World Health Summit.