India’s total Covid-19 cases passed 18 million on April 29 after another world record number of daily infections, as gravediggers worked around the clock to bury victims and hundreds more were cremated in makeshift pyres in parks and parking lots.

Brazil’s richest and most populous state, Sao Paulo, warned its ability to care for seriously ill Covid-19 patients was on the verge of collapse as it ran perilously low on key drugs, according to a letter to the federal government seen by the Folha de Sao Paulo newspaper.

The World Health Organization asked six African countries to be alert for possible Ebola infections, as Guinea on Feb. 16 reported new cases and Democratic Republic of Congo said its new infections were a resurgence of a previous outbreak.

South Korea’s intelligence agency said North Korea attempted to steal information on coronavirus vaccines and treatments by hacking Pfizer Inc., a lawmaker briefed by the agency said.

A special fund for vaccine research that was set aside by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in 2010 has been misused to pay for unrelated expenses, a government report shows.

More than 1 million people have died from Covid-19 in North and South America, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) said.

Reuters found new evidence that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) response to the pandemic was marred by actions – or inaction – by the agency’s career scientists and frontline staff.

Covid-19 patients should take two doses of the Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine within a period of 21-28 days, the World Health Organization said as many countries grappled with a more highly infectious coronavirus variant.

In the United States during the week ended Dec. 20, someone died from Covid-19 every 33 seconds.

Global coronavirus infections surpassed the 75 million mark on Dec. 19, according to a Reuters tally, as several nations around the world begin vaccinating against the virus.