The world recorded more than 91 million nCoV cases, more than 1.9 million deaths, WHO once again called for funding for the global Covax vaccine program.

The world has recorded 91,252,273 cases and 1,951,508 deaths due to Covid-19, an increase of 599,755 and 9,235 cases compared to 24 hours ago.


US health staff preparing to inject the vaccine in New York today 10/1 Photo: AFP

The World Health Organization (WHO) is continuing to strengthen calls to find a source of Covid-19 vaccine for poor countries under the Covax program, in the hope that the immunization program in these countries can catch

WHO fears high and middle income countries will buy the entire supply of vaccines, leaving 92 low-income countries without vaccines to vaccinate health workers.

The US, the world's largest epidemic zone, recorded 208,829 more infections and 1,761 deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of infected people to 23,109,737, of which 384,947 died.

As of January 11, the United States had vaccinated nearly 9 million people, less than half of its 2020 target of vaccinating 20 million people. The remaining doses of vaccine are lying in freezers in hospitals and clinics across the country.

India, the world's second-largest epidemic region, reported an additional 12,448 infections and 166 deaths, bringing the total number of people infected and dead from Covid-19 to 10,479,879 and 151,364, respectively.

Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi announced that the country will launch one of the largest series of Covid-19 vaccinations in the world from January 16, aiming to reach the target of 300 million people vaccinated by July.

On January 3, India's Drug Administration approved two Covid-19 vaccines for emergency use, one being developed by the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca in collaboration with the University of Oxford, UK, and the other.

Brazil, the third largest epidemic region in the world, recorded an additional 440 deaths from Covid-19, bringing the total number of deaths to 203,580.

Experts warned that Brazil has yet to see a spike in nCoV cases, as a result of the Christmas and New Year gatherings with friends and family.

Russia, the fourth largest epidemic region in the world, recorded an additional 23,315 nCoV infections and 436 deaths, bringing the total number of infections and deaths to 3,425,269 and 62,273 respectively.

Russian officials announced on January 11 that they would conduct a clinical trial version of "Sputnik-Light" with a single dose, saying that this is a temporary plan to increase short-term supplies of vaccines for countries with high rates.

The UK, the fifth largest epidemic region in the world, recorded 3,118,518 cases and 81,960 deaths, up 46,169 and 529 cases, respectively.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the country was in a "race against time" to deploy the Covid-19 vaccine as the number of deaths continued to set a record and the hospital ran out of oxygen.

France, the sixth largest epidemic region in the world, recorded an additional 3,582 cases and 310 deaths, bringing cases and deaths to 2,786,838 and 68,060 respectively.

Germany is the tenth largest epidemic region in the world with 1,941,119 cases and 42,097 deaths from Covid-19, an increase of 11,765 and 663 cases compared to the day before.

Merkel said that "the coming winter weeks will be the most difficult period of the pandemic" since the outbreak, when German doctors and medical staff have been overworked.

South Korea recorded 69,114 cases and 1,140 deaths, up 450 and 15 cases respectively in the past 24 hours.

The Korean government imposed restrictions such as banning gathering of more than 4 people, and suspending ski resorts and indoor sports facilities until January 17.

In Southeast Asia, Indonesia is the region's largest epidemic with 836,718 cases, an increase of 8,692, of which 24,343 died, an increase of 214.

Indonesia has banned all visitors from the UK and tightened rules for people from Europe and Australia to limit the spread of the virus.

The Philippines reported 489,736 cases and 9,416 deaths, up 2,052 and 11 cases respectively, making it the second largest epidemic area in the region.

Philippine officials said on January 10 that the country had secured 30 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine developed by the US pharmaceutical company Novavax.