US Crosses 4,00,000 Coronavirus Deaths As Europe Faces Surge
More than 400,000 people have now died from coronavirus in the United States, figures showed Tuesday, as some European nations battled record surges in daily fatalities with the fear of new strains taking hold.
Almost a year after the US registered its first death, the pace of the pandemic has picked up with 100,000 deaths coming in the past month, leaving the country with a toll far above any other nation.
The arrival of mass vaccination campaigns in the US and Europe had brought hope that the end was in sight, and the European Union said Tuesday it was aiming to inoculate 70 percent of its adult population before the end of August.
EU chief Ursula von der Leyen said meeting the target could be "a turning point" in the fight against the virus.
But many EU countries -- and other nations including India and Russia -- have struggled to get their inoculation programmes off the ground.
As nations grapple with the current crisis, several inquiries have re-energised questions over the origins of the virus in China in late 2019, and how the authorities handled it.