With the world quickly closing in on 100 million COVID-19 cases, two new reports today touched on the pandemic’s toll on workers’ income and the benefits vaccine equity could have for both lower income and wealthy countries.

Deaths spike as world approaches grim number

At a World Health Organization (WHO) briefing today, Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, PhD, said a year ago at this time, there were less than 1,500 cases, with only 23 outside of China. “This week, we expect to reach 100 million reported cases,” he said.

“Numbers can make us numb to what they represent: every death is someone’s parent, someone’s partner, someone’s child, someone’s friend.”

Amid COVID-19 spikes across multiple continents and the threat from a constellation of more transmissible variants, the world recorded its deadliest day on Jan 22, with 16,288 fatalities reported to the WHO.

The global total is currently at 99,547,547 cases with 2,135,697 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins online dashboard.

Pandemic fallout on workers

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