The global death toll from the coronavirus has topped a staggering 3 million people
And the true number is believed to be significantly higher because of possible government concealment or the many cases overlooked in the early stages of the outbreak that began 16 months ago in Wuhan, China, at the end of 2019.
Around the world, the trajectory of the virus and the race to bring it under control vary widely from country to country.
Even as the U.S. and Britain see their vaccination drives hit their stride and they begin to contemplate life after the pandemic, other places both rich and poor — France and India among them — are lagging behind in putting shots in arms and have imposed new lockdowns and other restrictions as cases soar.
Worldwide, deaths are running at over 12,000 per day on average and new cases at more than 700,000 a day.
The U.S. toll alone is over 560,000, accounting for more than 1 in 6 of the world’s COVID-19 deaths, by far the highest reported by any country. The United States is followed by Brazil, Mexico, India and Britain.
This month, the U.S. recommended a pause in the use of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine while authorities investigate extremely rare but dangerous blood clots, and some European countries are putting the vaccine on hold, too.
AstraZeneca’s vaccine has likewise been hit with delays and restrictions in some countries because of a clotting scare.
Goodman reported from Miami and Cheng reported from London. AP Writers John Leicester in Paris and Aniruddha Ghosal in New Delhi contributed to this report.