DemDaily: The COVID Count Worldwide

July 14, 2021

Nineteen months after China reported its first cases of COVID-19 to the World Health Organization (WHO), most countries are still struggling to contain the deadly coronavirus.

Health officials in 221 countries and territories have reported more than 187.7 million cases and over four million deaths from the pandemic, which has spread to every continent.

Deaths in Europe and North America now outnumber Asia, and in Latin America, South America and the Caribbean, the share of global deaths is still rising.

COVID Count Worldwide: 187,717,255 million cases and 4,047,597 fatalities

While the United States tops the world count in both cases and deaths, it is also leading the race to vaccinate. With vaccinations now readily available to every American citizen over the age of 12, the Biden administration is dedicated to playing a leading role in ending the pandemic across the globe.

COVID-19 Cases Worldwide (Johns Hopkins)

Last month President Biden proclaimed that "the United States will be an arsenal of vaccines for the world," sending 80 million US vaccine doses to other countries as of the end of June, and pledging to donate at least 500 million more doses globally.

Worldwide, 25.6% of the world population has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and 29.67 million are now administered daily.

Processes for administering vaccines, however, vary greatly, as does access. Only 1% of people in low-income countries have received at least one dose.

Despite universal access to vaccinations, the United States continues to struggle to convince a percentage of Americans to protect themselves and others in what continues to play out under a partisan political divide.

With the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant, the last two weeks have seen a significant rise in US coronavirus cases and hospitalizations, primarily in red states which Donald Trump won in 2020, and where vaccination rates are well below the national average. Of the top twenty states with the lowest vaccination rates, 18 are run by Republican Governors.

Bottom Line: Virtually all COVID hospitalizations and deaths, 99.75%, are occurring among unvaccinated people. Where to Get Vaccinated In Your State

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Sources: Johns Hopkins, Center for Disease Control, OurWorldInData, CNN, CNBC

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