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February 8, 2021

GlobalData Epidemiologist Report: Global Covid cases pass 106 million – South Africa pause AstraZeneca vaccine

By Paul Dennis

8 February

Globally, the total confirmed cases of Covid-19 have reached over 106,227,000, with more than 2,318,000 deaths and 70,277,000 recoveries.

The US leads the world in confirmed cases with over 27 million confirmed cases while India and Brazil follow suit with 10,828,00 and 9,447,000, respectively.

These countries are followed by the UK, Russia, France, Spain, and Italy in that order.

Moreover, the UK, France, and Spain trail only the US in active cases, indicating that Europe remains the most impacted region.

Outside of Europe, Mexico’s death toll continues to rise over 166,000, now leading India by over 10,000 deaths after surpassing it just last week for third most in the world behind the US and Brazil.

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In Africa, South Africa, Kenya, Zimbabwe, and Rwanda appear to have cleared a second wave of the virus.

Testing remains uneven between countries, however, making it difficult to assess the true burden of Covid-19 in the continent.

Additionally, COVAX, a WHO organization focused on the equitable distribution of Covid-19, vaccines has announced plans to distribute more vaccines to Africa by the end of the month.

How South Africa’s recent decision to pause the distribution of AstraZeneca’s vaccine will impact their plans remains to be seen.

Walter Gabriel, MPH, Epidemiologist at GlobalData

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