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Global COVID Cases Break New Record as COVAX Falls Short on Vaccine Delivery Goal

HeadlineJan 27, 2022

The World Health Organization says nations reported 21 million new coronavirus cases last week — the highest weekly toll of the pandemic. This comes as the Financial Times reports the COVAX initiative to bring vaccines to poor and middle-income nations is unable to accept new donations because it has nearly exhausted the funds needed to buy crucial accessories, including syringes. COVAX recently delivered its 1 billionth vaccine dose; the group’s goal was to deliver 2 billion doses by the end of 2021. Yale epidemiologist Gregg Gonsalves tweeted in response, “This is why the charity model of vaccine delivery cannot work. … Share the technology NOW for mRNA COVID-19 vaccines. Pfizer and Moderna are prolonging this pandemic with their greed.”

The United States reported nearly 3,900 COVID-19 deaths on Wednesday — the highest daily toll since last winter’s surge. Hospitalizations remain near record highs, though the number of reported daily infections is falling rapidly.

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