The coronavirus pandemic reached a grim new milestone in the United States on Feb. 4 with the nation’s cumulative death toll from COVID-19 surpassing 900,000, even as the daily number of lives lost began to level off, according to data collected by Reuters.
The spread of COVID-19 in the Americas driven by the Omicron variant of the virus reached levels of transmission never before seen during the pandemic, with cases doubling to 6.1 million over the past week, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) said on January 12.
The World Health Organization listed AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine for emergency use, widening access in the developing world, while sources said the EU is in talks with Moderna on buying more vaccines.
U.S. cases of the novel coronavirus surpassed six million as many states in the Midwest reported increasing infections, according to a Reuters tally.
U.S. deaths from the novel coronavirus surpassed 150,000, a number higher than in any other country and nearly a quarter of the world’s total, according to a Reuters tally.