Global cases of COVID-19 top 232.8 million and Pfizer vaccine may not get authorization till Nov '21
The global tally for the coronavirus-borne illness climbed above 232.8 million on Wednesday, while the death toll rose above 4.76 million, according to data aggregated by Johns Hopkins University. The U.S. continues to lead the world with a total of 43.2 million cases and 693,055 deaths. The U.S. is averaging more than 2,000 deaths a day, according to a New York Times tracker, the most since late February. The FDA may not be able to authorize the Pfizer PFE, 1.01% vaccine for use in children until November, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing a person familiar with the matter. That's because the company has submitted data from a late-stage trial of children aged 5 to 11, but will not seek an emergency use authorization for a few weeks. That timeline makes it more likely the FDA will make a decision sometime between Halloween and Thanksgiving, according to the person familiar with the matter. India is second by cases after the U.S. at 33.7 million and has suffered 447,751 deaths. Brazil has second highest death toll at 595,446 and 21.4 million cases. In Europe, Russia has most fatalities at 202,698, followed by the U.K. at 136,746.