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Covid may kill another million, and there’s nothing we can do to stop it

As global deaths pass the million mark, we canvass the experts on what the future trajectory will be

Dominic Gilbert and Anne Gulland

It is “not impossible” that another million could die before a vaccine becomes available, says Dr Mike Ryan, the head of emergencies at the World Health Organisation. Better treatments and effective vaccines might not be enough on their own to prevent deaths surpassing two million.

“Are we prepared to do what it takes to avoid that number?” he asked. “Unless we do it all, the number you speak about is not only imaginable, but, unfortunately and sadly, very likely.”

The country with the highest death toll is the US with more than 200,000. It is followed by Brazil, India, Mexico and the UK. Peru, where more than 30,000 people have died, has one of the highest death rates in the world at more than 98 per 100,000 people...

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