More than 6000 deaths by Covid-19 in a single day, highest ever in the world, were recorded in India on Thursday, as daily reported cases remained below 100,000 for the third consecutive day. That surpassed a record number of daily fatalities reported by the United States this year. India is fighting a devastating second wave of outbreak that started in February and accelerated in April and early May. Officials have sounded the alarm over a potential third wave that could hit the country later this year. Less than 5% of the population received both vaccination doses. The devastation in the Asian nation has been far worse than official numbers show.
The government estimates that more than 2 billion doses of vaccine could be available by December as more vaccine candidates are expected to receive regulatory approval. U.S. President Joe Biden is preparing to join other Group of Seven leaders in a campaign to end the Covid-19 pandemic by distributing at least 1 billion extra shots to poorer nations by late next year. Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE will provide 500 million doses at no profit. Biden, G-7 leaders plot global vaccination surge to end pandemic. As Biden and other G-7 leaders gathered for the start of their summit in the U.K., their staffs were putting together a document that outlines a plan to end the Covid-19 pandemic by December 2022. At the summit in Cornwall, the presidents and prime ministers will pledge to deliver at least 1 billion extra doses of vaccines over the next year to help cover 80% of the world’s adult population.