1 March

Globally, the total confirmed cases of Covid-19 have reached over 114,223,000, with more than 2,533,000 deaths and 75,111,000 recoveries.

The US remains the highest in the world for total confirmed Covid-19 cases, followed by India and Brazil. Russia now has the fourth highest number of total confirmed cases. Following are the UK, France, Spain, Italy, Turkey, and Germany.

A sluggish Covid-19 vaccine rollout has left the European Union far behind several other wealthy countries.

Five percent of the EU’s nearly 450 million people have received at least one dose of a vaccine, lagging behind the almost 15, 30, and 55 percent that have received it in the US, UK, and Israel, respectively.

This has led to some EU countries securing controversial side-deals with vaccine distributors, as well as increases in unsolicited, and often fraudulent, offers for vaccines.

In other vaccine news, the US Food and Drug Administration authorized Johnson & Johnson’s Covid-19 vaccine for use on Saturday, the first single dose vaccine available in the US.

Shaina Stacy, PhD, MPH, Senior Epidemiologist at GlobalData