Global death toll from COVID-19 reaches 2 million, according to Johns Hopkins University

He global death toll from coronavirus has exceeded 2 millions, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

According to the report, countries most affected are the United States (389,581), Brazil (207,095), India (151,918), Mexico (137,916), United Kingdom (87,448), Italy (81,325), France (69,452), Russia (63,558), Iran (56 621), Spain (53 079) and Colombia (47 491)

Meanwhile, the Emergency Committee of the World Health Organization (WHO) for the COVID-19 He recommended today to governments to increase the sequencing of coronavirus genomes around the world, in order to continue to identify new variants, and called for scientific collaboration in this regard.

He also asked WHO to develop a standardized system for naming new coronavirus variants, avoiding geographical allusions about its origin, such as those that identify the new variants as “British” or “South African”, although in the meantime others have already been identified in Japan and it is being investigated whether one more has appeared in Brazil.

About the vaccinations, the committee noted that the delay in submitting data to WHO by some manufacturers makes screening of new candidates difficult and its possible approval for an emergency use, for which he urged the pharmaceutical companies to provide their results “as soon as possible.”

Governments were also recommended to provide the public with accurate information on the safety and benefits of vaccines, in order to answer any doubts that may exist around them.



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