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More than one million people have died of coronovirus, according to the tracking numbers of Johns Hopkins University in the US on Wednesday, by far the highest number of people in the world. The Grimm milestone comes nearly six weeks after crossing the 1 million fatal mark in the world.
The number of new cases is increasing in all 50 states, and the US averages 150,000 new cases of COVID-19 per day, Based on a seven-day rolling average. According to the Associated Press, the number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 in the US doubled in the previous month. As of Tuesday, approximately 77,000 were hospitalized with the virus.
Global coronovirus infection now exceeds 56 million, with the recent second wave of viruses accounting for a quarter of the total. Around 1.3 million people worldwide have died of the virus since it emerged at the end of last year.
The two vaccines currently being tested may be available before 2021. US drug giant Pfizer announced this week that it is the vaccine that has demonstrated 95% efficacy in trials conducted on 43,538 people in six countries, with no serious safety concerns. The US biotech firm Modern announced this week that its vaccine was thought to be about 95% effective, as well as relatively safe in testing over 30,000 people.
The two companies plan to apply for emergency authorization from the US Food and Drug Administration this month. Pfizer, if authorized, is expected to produce a dose of 50 million vaccines in 2020 and 1.3 billion in 2021. Mordana plans 20 million doses in 2020 and 500 million more than 1 billion to 1 billion in 2021.
COVID-19, a respiratory disease caused by coronavirus, has spread rapidly worldwide. India ranks second at around 9 million, followed by Brazil at around 6 million and France at 2 million.
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