As vaccines arrive, the virus continues to ravage the U.S. and Europe.

As the coronavirus continues its surge across the United States and Europe, where vaccinations recently began, total infections around the world have now topped 75 million.

In the United States, more than 128,000 people had been vaccinated as of Friday, according to a New York Times database tracking vaccinations. But that total is just slightly more than half the number of new cases reported across the country the same day.

The United States, the world’s largest coronavirus hot spot with more than 17.6 million people who have been infected over all, on Friday reported its first single-day caseload of more than 250,000 new infections.

In Sweden, there have been 66 new daily cases per 100,000 people over the past seven days, a rate nearly identical to that of the United States. Lithuania has the world’s highest current rate of spread, with a daily average of 98.6 new cases per 100,000 residents over the past week.

Over 15 million total cases have been reported in Europe, with the continent’s boundaries defined by the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control. India has reported more than 10 million infections, the second most of any country, followed by Brazil with more than seven million.

More than 1.6 million people around the world have died from Covid-19, according to a New York Times database. In the U.S. alone, more than 315,000 people have died — 3,611 of them on Wednesday, shattering the previous single-day record of 3,157 on Dec. 9.

Over 137,000 people in the United Kingdom have been vaccinated, according to Bloomberg, with 108,000 of those in England, where Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Saturday announced plans for a harsh lockdown on London and much of the country’s southeast. The U.K. reported 28,507 new cases on Friday.

China, which has reported only 96,400 cases total, says it has already administered more than a million doses, though its vaccines have not been fully tested. (Chinese officials have said that so far there have been no adverse reactions.)

On Friday, an international body established to promote global access to Covid vaccines, known as Covax, said it had reached deals with manufacturers to deliver a billion doses to low- and middle-income countries.

The announcement included news about a method for countries with excess doses to share them. Wealthy countries like the United Kingdom and the United States have secured a surplus of vaccines. Canada, which could receive as much as six times the amount needed to vaccinate its entire population, said it would contribute its extra doses through Covax. France made a similar commitment.

The sharing would be welcome help for lower-middle-income countries like India, Egypt and El Salvador, which have not secured enough doses to vaccinate their entire populations. Even upper-middle-income nations like Argentina, Turkey and Thailand have not met the 100 percent threshold.

Vaccine preorders as a percentage of population

2

1

Preclinical

3

Clinical trial phase

100% of

population

High-income

200

300

400

500

600

Canada

United States

Expansion

options

U.K.

European Union

Australia

Chile

Israel

New Zealand

Hong Kong

Japan

Switzerland

South Korea

Kuwait

Taiwan

Italy

Panama

Upper-middle-income

Brazil

Indonesia

Mexico

Argentina

Ecuador

Latin America

(excluding Brazil)

Costa Rica

Turkey

Malaysia

Thailand

Peru

Venezuela

Lebanon

Kazakhstan

Mainland China

Jordan

Lower-middle-income

Vietnam

India

Uzbekistan

Nepal

Morocco

Egypt

El Salvador

Bangladesh

Moldova

Vaccine preorders as a percentage of population

2

1

Preclinical

3

Clinical trial phase

100% of

population

High-income

200

300

400

500

600

Canada

United States

Expansion

options

U.K.

European Union

Australia

Chile

Israel

New Zealand

Hong Kong

Japan

Switzerland

South Korea

Kuwait

Taiwan

Italy

Panama

Upper-middle-income

Brazil

Indonesia

Mexico

Argentina

Ecuador

Latin America

(excluding Brazil)

Costa Rica

Turkey

Malaysia

Thailand

Peru

Venezuela

Lebanon

Kazakhstan

Mainland China

Jordan

Lower-middle-income

Vietnam

India

Uzbekistan

Nepal

Morocco

Egypt

El Salvador

Bangladesh

Moldova

Sources: Duke University, Airfinity and the Unicef Covid-19 Vaccine Market Dashboard. Income classifications by World Bank.

By The New York Times

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