The global tally for the coronavirus-borne illness climbed above 234.9 million on Monday, while the death toll rose above 4.8 million, according to data aggregated by Johns Hopkins University. The U.S. continues to lead the world with a total of 43.7 million cases and 701,176 deaths, after passing 700,000 late Friday. The U.S. is now averaging almost 2,000 deaths a day, according to a New York Times tracker, , a slight improvement over recent trends and new cases and hospitalizations are declining. Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) and Moderna (MRNA) have applied for authorization from the FDA for their COVID-19 vaccine boosters and an advisory committee will discuss them at a meeting scheduled for Oct. 14 and Oct. 15. Separately, the CEO of BioNTEch (BNTX) told the FT that COVID-19 is likely to continue mutating to the point where it can escape vaccines and immune systems and that a new vaccine may be required in the future India is second by cases after the U.S. at 33.8 million and has suffered 448,997 deaths. Brazil has second highest death toll at 597,948 and 21.5 million cases. In Europe, Russia has most fatalities at 207,056, followed by the U.K. at 137,338.
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October 04, 2021 06:32 ET (10:32 GMT)
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