The US has reportedly reached to 1 million deaths from Covid-19, marking yet another grim and “tragic milestone”, writes AP News. Marking this occasion, President Biden reportedly told world leaders at a Covid-19 submit “This pandemic isn’t over. (a solemn once-unthinkable U.S. toll) 1 million empty chairs around the family dinner table. Today, we mark a tragic milestone here in the United States, 1 million COVID deaths.”
Referring to figures compiled by Johns Hopkins University, AP News writes “The coronavirus has killed more than 999,000 people in the U.S. and at least 6.2 million people globally since it emerged in late 2019. Other counts, including by the American Hospital Association, American Medical Association and American Nurses Association, have the toll at 1 million.”
Pres. Biden reportedly addressed the virtual summit, co-hosted along with Germany, Indonesia, Senegal and Belize, with recorded remarks and making the case that tackling COVID-19 “must remain an international priority. This summit is an opportunity to renew our efforts to keep our foot on the gas when it comes to getting this pandemic under control and preventing future health crises.”
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Making remarks at the summit, Indonesian President Joko Widodo, reported saying “At the global level, all countries, big or small, rich or poor, must have equal access to health solutions,” writes AP.
Ritu Sharma, a vice president at the charity CARE, which has helped immunize people in more than 30 countries, including India, South Sudan and Bangladesh, told AP “It’s like donating a bunch of fire trucks to countries that are on fire, but they have no water. We can’t be giving countries all these vaccines but no way to use them, adding that the same infrastructure that got the shots administered in the U.S. is now needed elsewhere. We had to tackle this problem in the U.S., so why are we not now using that knowledge to get vaccines into the people who need them most?”
Coronavirus-19 vaccination watch
According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID vaccination tracker page (as of May 12) 734,783,455 doses have been distributed and 580,514,653 doses administered. According MDH COVID-19 Response vaccine data a total of 9,906,807 doses of Covid-19 (Pfizer & Moderna) vaccines have been administered in Minnesota. According to the MDH latest tally (as of May 12) the confirmed COVID-19 cases in Minnesota are 1,476,133 with 12,547 deaths.