Coronavirus: WHO warns global COVID-19 death toll could hit 2 million even with vaccine

First Published 26, Sep 2020, 6:06 PM

So far, the US, India and Brazil have confirmed the most cases, recording more than 15 million between them.

<p>The global coronavirus death toll could hit two million before an effective vaccine is widely used, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned.<br />
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The global coronavirus death toll could hit two million before an effective vaccine is widely used, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned.
 

<p>Dr Mike Ryan, the WHO's emergencies head, said the figure could be higher without concerted international action.</p>

Dr Mike Ryan, the WHO's emergencies head, said the figure could be higher without concerted international action.

<p>Almost one million people have died with COVID-19 worldwide since the disease first emerged in China late last year.</p>

Almost one million people have died with COVID-19 worldwide since the disease first emerged in China late last year.

<p>“Unless we do it all, (2 million deaths) … is not only imaginable, but sadly very likely,” Mike Ryan, head of the UN agency’s emergencies program, told a briefing on Friday.</p>

“Unless we do it all, (2 million deaths) … is not only imaginable, but sadly very likely,” Mike Ryan, head of the UN agency’s emergencies program, told a briefing on Friday.

<p>The number of deaths about nine months since the novel coronavirus was discovered in China is nearing 1 million.</p>

The number of deaths about nine months since the novel coronavirus was discovered in China is nearing 1 million.

<p>The WHO is continuing talks with China about its possible involvement in the COVAX financing scheme designed to guarantee fast and equitable access globally to COVID-19 vaccines, a week after the deadline for committing passed.</p>

The WHO is continuing talks with China about its possible involvement in the COVAX financing scheme designed to guarantee fast and equitable access globally to COVID-19 vaccines, a week after the deadline for committing passed.

<p>Earlier on Friday, a Chinese health official said the WHO had given its support for the country to start administering experimental coronavirus vaccines to people even while clinical trials were still underway.</p>

Earlier on Friday, a Chinese health official said the WHO had given its support for the country to start administering experimental coronavirus vaccines to people even while clinical trials were still underway.

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