Coronavirus tally: Global cases of COVID-19 top 26 million, 863,488 deaths and U.S. deaths near 186,000

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The global tally for confirmed cases of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 climbed above 26 million on Thursday, according to data aggregated by Johns Hopkins University, while the death toll rose to 863,488. At least 17.3 million people have recovered. The U.S. has the highest tallies in the world with 6.1 million cases and 185,747 deaths. News that the CDC has told states to prepare distribution sites for a vaccine on Nov. 1 has raised concerns that the U.S. government will try to rush a vaccine out ahead of the presidential election. Peter Hotez, dean of Baylor University’s tropical medicine school, told the Associated Press he was “very concerned” about whether the FDA would use an emergency use authorization to approve a vaccine before knowing whether it works and is safe. “It gives the appearance of a stunt rather than an expression of public health concern,” Hotez said. Brazil is second to the U.S. with 3.9 million cases and 123,780 deaths. Brazil is followed in case numbers by India, Russia and Peru. By death toll, it is followed by India, Mexico and the U.K.
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