As the problem becomes increasingly a race between the vaccination and the highly contagious delta version, the global death toll from COVID-19 has surpassed 4 million people.
According to estimates from the Peace Research Institute Oslo, the number of people killed in battle in all of the world’s wars since 1982 is about equivalent to the number of lives lost over the past year and a half, as collated from official sources by Johns Hopkins University.
Every year, the death toll is three times higher than the number of individuals killed in automobile accidents all over the world. It’s around the same size as Los Angeles or Georgia. It’s the size of Hong Kong or roughly half of New York City.
Even yet, due to overlooked cases of willful concealment, it is largely regarded to be an undercount. Deaths per day have fallen to roughly 7,900 since the vaccination was introduced, down from over 18,000 in January. However, the mutant delta variant of the virus, which was initially detected in India, has sparked anxiety around the world in recent weeks, spreading quickly even in vaccine success stories like the United States, the United Kingdom, and Israel.
Even as the government prepares to ease all remaining lockdown restrictions in England later this month, Britain recorded a one-day total of more than 30,000 new infections this week for the first time since January. Other countries have reinstated preventive measures, and officials are scrambling to ramp up the vaccination program. At the same time, the crisis has highlighted the divide between the rich and the poor, with vaccination campaigns in Africa and other extremely poor parts of the world barely getting off the ground due to severe shortages of vaccines.
The United States and other wealthier nations have promised to share at least 1 billion doses with developing nations. The United States has the highest reported death toll, at over 600,000, or nearly one in every seven deaths, followed by Brazil, with more than 520,000, though the true numbers are thought to be much higher in Brazil, where President Jair Bolsonaro’s far-right government has long downplayed the virus.
Variants, unequal access to vaccines, and a loosening of precautions in wealthy countries are “a toxic combination that is very dangerous” according to Ann Lindstrand, a top WHO immunization official. Instead of treating the crisis as a “me-and-myself-and-my-country” problem, she said, “we need to get serious that this is a worldwide problem that needs worldwide solutions.”
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