RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The global death toll from the coronavirus topped a staggering 3 million people Saturday amid repeated setbacks in the worldwide vaccination campaign and a deepening crisis in places such as Brazil, India, and France. The number of lives lost, as compiled by Johns Hopkins University, is about equal to the population of Kyiv, Ukraine;
Caracas, Venezuela; or metropolitan Lisbon, Portugal. It is more significant than Chicago (2.7 million) and equivalent to Philadelphia and Dallas combined. And the actual number is believed to be significantly higher because of possible government concealment and the many cases overlooked in the early stages of the outbreak that began in Wuhan, China, at the end of 2019, when the world back in January passed the bleak threshold of 2 million deaths.
Immunization drives had just started in Europe and the United States. They are underway in more than 190 countries, though progress in bringing the virus under control varies widely. While the campaigns in the U.S. and Britain have hit their stride and people and businesses there are beginning to contemplate life after the pandemic, other places, mostly poorer countries but some rich ones as well, are lagging in putting shots in arms and have imposed new lockdowns and other restrictions as virus cases soar.