As of 9 a.m. on June 2, there were over 171 million coronavirus cases globally, with the death toll reaching 3.5 million, according to John Hopkins University. The good news is that there are over 154 million recoveries.

The United States is leading the world in both COVID-19 infections and fatalities, with over 34 million confirmed cases and over 610,000 deaths.

The World Health Organization joined other partners in calling upon governments to finance a new 50 billion dollar roadmap to fund the equitable distribution of vaccines and other health tools. WHO’s Director-General announced the plan, which is also supported by the World Trade Organization, the International Monetary Fund, and the World Bank Group.

The WHO has also created a new naming system using letters of the Greek alphabet for COVID-19 variants to make them easier to remember and to avoid stigmatizing the region where variants were first discovered.

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