Share

Covid updates: Biden to jumpstart federal vaccine push; UK strain could be dominant in U.S. by March

The coverage on this live blog has ended — for up-to-the-minute coverage on the coronavirus, visit CNBC's latest live blog.

The global death toll of Covid-19 has topped 2 million people, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The milestone marks another 1 million deaths in just 3.5 months. It took 9 months of the pandemic to reach the first 1 million dead. The U.S. has recorded the most virus deaths by a wide margin, with more than 389,000 confirmed fatalities so far. Brazil has reported 207,000 virus deaths, and India has reported nearly 152,000.

As U.S. vaccinations continue to ramp up, President-elect Joe Biden has proposed a stimulus plan that would give most Americans $1,400 each to help offset the pandemic's economic hardship.

Here are some of the biggest developments Friday:

The U.S. is recording at least 238,800 new Covid-19 cases and at least 3,310 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 93.36 million 
  • Global deaths: At least 2.00 million
  • U.S. cases: More than 23.33 million
  • U.S. deaths: At least 389,191