The global death toll from COVID-19 surpassed 5 million on Monday, with the United States, Brazil and India the hardest hit countries, according to the independent count from Johns Hopkins University.
In total, more than 246 million infections have been registered since the pandemic began in early 2020.
The United States is the country with the highest death toll, with more than 745,800 deaths; followed by Brazil, above 607,800; and India with more than 458,000 deaths, according to data from the American university center.
In recent months, cases have rebounded in the United States with the especially contagious delta variant, while the rate of vaccination has slowed.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned of the growing disparity in access to vaccines as one of the main risks to controlling the pandemic.
Of the more than 6 billion doses administered globally, more than 80% have been in high- and middle-income countries, which together represent less than half of the world’s population, according to the agency.
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