The United States reached another grim milestone on Wednesday (November 18) as the number of people who have died from COVID-19 surpassed 250,000 since the start of the global pandemic. According to a tally by NBC News, the number of daily fatalities in the past four weeks has surged by 42%, going from an average of 821 per day to an average of 1,167 per day.
New York leads the nation in deaths with 34,841, followed by Texas, which has reported 20,274 fatalities from the coronavirus.
The U.S. leads the world in total deaths, trailed by Brazil and India, which have 166,000 and 130,000 deaths, respectively. The U.S. also leads the world in total cases with more than 11 million.
There has been some good news in the battle against the coronavirus. Two vaccine candidates could be hitting the market in the coming months after showing promising results in their Phase 3 Clinical Trials. Pfizer said its vaccine is 95% effective, and Moderna said an initial analysis of the data from their trials found that their vaccine is 94.5% effective. Both companies are planning to apply for an emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration and hope to start sending out vaccines before the end of the year.
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