The total number of deaths from the COVID-19 pandemic worldwide has increased to 3,412,908 with the global confirmed cases reaching 164,600,910 as of 9:30 am BJT on Thursday, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.
Current status (data as of 9:30 am BJT, May 20):
No consensus was reached among EU lawmakers on Wednesday regarding a proposal for a temporary waiver of patent rights for COVID-19 vaccines in a bid to speed up the global vaccine rollout.
Thailand is targeting to administer one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine to 70 percent of its population by September, the country's Minister of Health Anutin Charnvirakul said on Wednesday.
Zimbabwe's Vice President and Health Minister Constantino Chiwenga on Wednesday confirmed in the country the presence of the COVID-19 variant that emerged in India.
Chile has reported more than 1.3 million cases of COVID-19, Chilean Health Minister Enrique Paris said on Wednesday. In the last 24 hours, 4,778 new cases of COVID-19 were reported, for a cumulative total of 1,300,629 cases, the official said in a statement.
Ghana on Wednesday commenced phase two of its mass vaccination against COVID-19 in 43 inoculation centers across the country. The health officials are expected to administer a total of 350,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines delivered to Ghana through the COVAX facility.