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Covid updates: New variant Covid case confirmed in Northern Ireland; 1 million vaccinated in America

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With confirmed cases of Covid-19 rising at an alarming pace globally, the World Health Organization warns the world must remain vigilant for the next six months. Some countries have approved the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for emergency use, while the U.S. has also approved Moderna's. Yet, Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, the WHO's chief scientist, said it will take time before most of the population receive vaccinations.

The U.S. is recording at least 214,800 new Covid-19 cases and at least 2,700 virus-related deaths each day, based on a seven-day average calculated by CNBC using Johns Hopkins University data.

The following data was compiled by Johns Hopkins University:

  • Global cases: More than 78.62 million
  • Global deaths: At least 1.72 million
  • U.S. cases: More than 18.45 million
  • U.S. deaths: At least 326,088