The global tally for the coronavirus-borne illness rose above 123.7 million on Tuesday, according to data aggregated by Johns Hopkins University, with the U.S. accounting for 24% of cases at 29.8 million. The global death toll grew to 2.72 million, with the U.S. toll of 542,949 accounting for 20.0%. The U.S. added at least 55,621 new cases on Monday, according to a New York Times tracker, and at least 650 people died. The U.S. has averaged 54,190 cases a day for the last week, down 8% from the average two weeks ago. On the vaccine front, federal health officials said early Tuesday that results of a U.S. trial of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine may have included “outdated information,” providing an “incomplete view of the efficacy data. “We urge the company to work with the DSMB to review the efficacy data and ensure the most accurate, up-to-date efficacy data be made public as quickly as possible,” said the agency, in the unusually timed announcement.
Outside of the U.S., Brazil is second globally in cases at 12 million and also second with a death toll at 295,425. India is third worldwide in cases with 11.7 million and fourth in deaths at 160,166. Mexico is third by deaths at 198,239 and 13th highest by cases. The U.K. has 4.3 million cases and 126,411 deaths, the highest in Europe and fifth highest in the world.