‘This is not a game’: Global Virus Death Toll Hits 2 Million

FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2021, file photo, cemetery workers carry the remains of 89-year-old Abilio Ribeiro, who died of the coronavirus, to bury at the Nossa Senhora Aparecida cemetery in Manaus, Amazonas state, Brazil. The global death toll from COVID-19 has topped 2 million. (AP Photo/Edmar Barros, File)

(AP) — The global death toll from COVID-19 has topped 2 million. It crossed the threshold on Friday, according to tally kept by Johns Hopkins University.

The bleak milestone comes amid a monumental but uneven effort to vaccinate people against the coronavirus. Some countries are seeing real hope of vanquishing outbreaks.

In wealthy countries including the United States, Britain, Israel, Canada and Germany, tens of millions of citizens have already received shots. But elsewhere, immunization drives have barely gotten off the ground.

Many health experts are predicting another year of loss and hardship in places like Iran, India, Mexico and Brazil. Those four countries collectively account for about a quarter of the world’s deaths.


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