The global coronavirus death toll has topped 4.552 million, while over 219.7 million cases of the infection have been detected, according to Baltimore, Maryland’s Johns Hopkins University, which tracks and compiles data from national and local authorities, the media and other sources.
The US is still the most-affected nation amid the pandemic; over 39.8 million have been infected and the death toll exceeds 647,000. Next is India, with over 32.9 million confirmed cases and more than 439,000 deaths; they are followed by Brazil, with 20.8 million confirmed cases and over 582,000 fatalities.
The European Union and UK-Swedish pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca have agreed to end litigation over the execution of the advance purchase agreement, reaching a deal on the delivery of the remaining COVID-19 vaccine doses to the bloc.
The White House will unveil its latest strategy to manage the Delta variant of coronavirus next week, President Joe Biden said, as the United States experiences a fresh spike in COVID-19 infections and hospitalisations despite the vaccination of more than half its population.