Global coronavirus cases rose by more than 500,000 for the first time, a record one-day increase as countries across the Northern Hemisphere reported daily spikes.

Roughly one in 10 people may have been infected with the coronavirus, leaving the vast majority of the world’s population vulnerable to the Covid-19 disease it causes, the World Health Organization said.

The global coronavirus death toll surpassed 1 million according to a Reuters tally, a bleak statistic in a pandemic that has devastated the global economy, overloaded health systems and turned daily life upside down.

Jeff Winton Associates, a full-service communications agency for the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and other life sciences industries, announced expansion into additional global markets through a new partnership with UK-based marketing communications firm Onyx Health.

A coronavirus vaccine candidate developed by a unit of China National Pharmaceutical Group (Sinopharm) appeared to be safe and triggered antibody-based immune responses in early and mid-stage trials, researchers said.

Pfizer Inc. signed a multi-year agreement to make Gilead Sciences Inc.’s antiviral drug remdesivir in a bid to ramp up supply of the Covid-19 treatment.

Researchers at the The Scripps Research Institute found that the strains spreading so quickly in Europe and the U.S. have a mutated S “spike” protein that makes it about 10 times more infectious than the strain that originally was identified in Asia.

The death toll from COVID-19 surpassed half a million people, according to a Reuters tally, a grim milestone for the global pandemic that seems to be resurgent in some countries even as other regions are still grappling with the first wave.

Global coronavirus cases exceeded 10 million on Sunday according to a Reuters tally, marking a major milestone in the spread of the respiratory disease that has so far killed almost half a million people in seven months.

Many studies assessing the accuracy of COVID-19 antibody tests had major shortcomings, a review concluded, offering further evidence the blood tests are of little use for people seeking to know with certainty if they have been infected.