COVID-19: 2021 death toll surpasses 2020 figure

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By Wisdom Deji-Folutile

There have been more Coronavirus deaths worldwide in 2021 than in all of 2020.

Johns Hopkins University data analysed by The Wall Street Journal showed that the 2021 deaths have now surpassed the 2020 figure.

According to the data, there were 1,880,000 COVID-related deaths in 2020.

That figure was eclipsed on Thursday, June 11, 2021.
The figure for 2021 currently stands at around 1,884,000, with about six more months to go for the year to be over.

Although vaccines have been approved and distributed worldwide this year, the World Health Organisation has reported vaccine inequality.

Wealthier nations hold more than 75% of the vaccines available.
In May, Af24news reported that South Africa paid as much as 25% more than the USA and some other European countries for the AstraZeneca vaccine.

More transmissible variants like India’s B.1.617, have also arisen and spread, driving surges around the planet.

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