Confirmed COVID-19 cases have surpassed 43 million globally, with over 1.1 million fatalities and more than 28.8 million recoveries, according to the latest tally from Johns Hopkins University.
The U.S. has registered over 225,000 deaths and more than 8.6 million infections – both the highest in the world.
Russia’s daily tally of new coronavirus cases surged to a record high of 17,347 on Monday, including 5,224 in Moscow, taking the national tally to 1,531,224. Authorities said 219 people had died in the last 24 hours, pushing the official death toll to 26,269.
The World Health Organization called for global solidarity in the rollout of any future coronavirus vaccine, as the number of cases soared across the world.
In a video address at the opening of the three-day World Health Summit in Berlin, WHO’s Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the only way to recover from the pandemic was together and by making sure poorer countries had fair access to a vaccine.
“It is natural that countries want to protect their own citizens first but if and when we have an effective vaccine, we must also use it effectively. And the best way to do that is to vaccinate some people in all countries rather than all people in some countries”, - he said.