Covid deaths reach 5-million mark, despite vaccines slashing fatality rate
The next big test looms as the highly vaccinated populations of the northern hemisphere enter winter
More than 5-million people worldwide have died from Covid-19, less than two years after the novel pathogen was first documented, despite the arrival of vaccines that have slashed fatality rates across the globe.
The latest 1-million recorded deaths came slower than the previous two. It took more than 110 days to go from 4-million deaths to 5-million, compared to less than 90 days each to reach the 3- and 4-million marks. The rate has returned to what was seen during the first year of the pandemic, when the virus was still taking hold.
Still, Covid continues to kill thousands of people every day. Billions more remain unvaccinated, either because they lack access to the shots or are unwilling to receive them, leaving them vulnerable to an infection that has grown more dangerous over time. Transmission of the virus continues, driven by the emergence of the more infectious Delta variant. ..