28 September 2020,   16:54
Global COVID-19 cases surpass 21 million

Global cases of the coronavirus crossed the grim milestone of 21-million mark, according to a tracking portal.

The U.S. is the worst affected country with over 5.4 million cases followed by Brazil and India with over 3.2 million and 2.4 million reported infections, respectively.

The European Union said it had reserved up to 400 million doses of a potential new coronavirus vaccine being developed by US giant Johnson & Johnson.

Preliminary talks concluded Friday for a first purchase of 200 million doses followed by an equal number later, a statement said.

“The envisaged contract with Johnson & Johnson would provide for the possibility for all EU Member States to purchase the vaccine, as well as to donate to lower and middle-income countries”, - it said.

The bloc said it was in “intensive discussions” with other manufacturers for potential vaccines.