Coronavirus tally: Global cases of COVID-19 head toward 205 million and FDA reportedly read to authorize boosters for some

The global tally for the coronavirus-borne illness headed above 204.8 million on Thursday, while the death toll climbed above 4.32 million according to data aggregated by Johns Hopkins University. The U.S. leads the world with a total of 36.2 million cases and in deaths with 618,479 as the highly infectious delta variant continues to spread fast, especially in states with low vaccination rates. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is expected to authorize a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine for those with weakened immune systems as soon as Thursday, the New York Times reported Wednesday. The emergency-use authorization would apply to both the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines, which are based on the same mRNA technology. India is second by cases at 32 million and third by deaths at 429,669 according to its official numbers, which are expected to be undercounted. Brazil is second in deaths at 565,748, but is third in cases at 20.2 million. Mexico has fourth-highest death toll at 246,203 but has recorded just 2.9 million cases, according to its official numbers. In Europe, Russia continues to pull ahead of the U.K. by deaths at 165,201, while the U.K. has 130,021, making Russia the country with the fifth-highest death toll in the world and highest in Europe. Market Pulse Stories are Rapid-fire, short news bursts on stocks and markets as they move. Visit MarketWatch.com for more information on this news.

Coronavirus tally: Global cases of COVID-19 head toward 205 million and FDA reportedly read to authorize boosters for some
The global tally for the coronavirus-borne illness headed above 204.8 million on Thursday, while the death toll climbed above 4.32 million according to data aggregated by Johns Hopkins University. The U.S. leads the world with a total of 36.2 million cases and in deaths with 618,479 as the highly infectious delta variant continues to spread fast, especially in states with low vaccination rates. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is expected to authorize a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine for those with weakened immune systems as soon as Thursday, the New York Times reported Wednesday. The emergency-use authorization would apply to both the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines, which are based on the same mRNA technology. India is second by cases at 32 million and third by deaths at 429,669 according to its official numbers, which are expected to be undercounted. Brazil is second in deaths at 565,748, but is third in cases at 20.2 million. Mexico has fourth-highest death toll at 246,203 but has recorded just 2.9 million cases, according to its official numbers. In Europe, Russia continues to pull ahead of the U.K. by deaths at 165,201, while the U.K. has 130,021, making Russia the country with the fifth-highest death toll in the world and highest in Europe. Market Pulse Stories are Rapid-fire, short news bursts on stocks and markets as they move. Visit MarketWatch.com for more information on this news.