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There have been more COVID-19 deaths in 2021 than in 2020

The number of COVID-19 deaths in 2021 is higher than the number of 2020

A health worker in Minnar village, north of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir.
A health worker crosses a paddy field during a vaccination drive against COVID-19 in Minnar village, north of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Thursday, June 10, 2021.
Mukhtar Khan, Associated Press

The number of COVID-19 deaths in 2021 has already surpassed the number of coronavirus deaths in 2020, The Wall Street Journal reports.

How many people died of COVID-19 in 2020?

The World Health Organization said that 1,813,188 people died from the novel coronavirus in 2020. That said, that doesn’t even tell the whole number of deaths associated with COVID-19.

  • “COVID-19 deaths are a key indicator to track the evolution of the pandemic. However, many countries still lack functioning civil registration and vital statistics systems with the capacity to provide accurate, complete and timely data on births, deaths and causes of death,” according to the World Health Organization.

How many people died of COVID-19 in 2021 so far?

Per The Wall Street Journal, the world surpassed the 1.88 million mark for COVID-19 deaths on Thursday. So in six months, the world has already rolled past the death numbers from 2020.

  • “These numbers underscore how unevenly the pandemic spread around the globe, often hitting poorer nations later, but before they had access to the vaccines that have benefited Europe and the U.S.,” according to The Wall Street Journal.

Per The Wall Street Journal, more than 75% of COVID-19 deaths came from countries in Africa, South America and Asia. Those same regions accounted for more than 80% of daily COVID-19 cases in 2021 so far, too.

What's next in COVID-19 fight?

The United States will likely donate 500 million doses of Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccines to countries around the world who are still in need, according to The Associated Press.

  • Per Axios, most of the 500 million COVID doses will likely be distributed through COVAX, an international initiative for sharing COVID-19 vaccines.