On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) First described COVID-19 as a “pandemic”,” stating, “We have rung the alarm bells loud and clear.” As we mark three years since then, here are 10 key data points that highlight the challenges and progress made to date All data provided is as of February 28, 2023, unless otherwise noted.
Number of days elapsed between March 11, 2020 and March 11, 2023
March 11, 2023 marks 1,095 days since the WHO first labeled COVID-19 as a pandemic. Before that date WHO had already done on 30 January 2020 announced COVID-19 is a “Public Health Emergency of International Concern” (PHEIC) and the US government announced COVID-19 will be a “public health emergency” (PHE) as of January 31, 2020. The US PHE has since been renewed every 90 days, although the Biden administration recently announced That PHE expires on May 11, 2023.
Global number of COVID-19 deaths to date*
Since the start of the pandemic, there have been about 7 million Reported COVID-19 deaths worldwide. This is likely an underestimate, as many COVID deaths are not reported and counted. Estimate Using Additional Death Counts Put the true toll closer to 15 to 20 million or even more.
US COVD-19 death toll to date
Since the start of the pandemic, over 1.1 million All reported COVID-19 deaths have occurred in the United States.
Global number of COVID-19 cases to date
have been more than three quarter of a billion Confirmed COVID-19 cases to date are likely a fraction of the actual number of infections from SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID. Getting an accurate and up-to-date picture of where and how much the virus is being transmitted has been challenging, given limited testing, incomplete surveillance and reporting systems, and other factors.
Number of COVID-19 cases in the US to date
More than a hundred million COVID-19 cases have been registered in the US so far.
Share of global population vaccinated against COVID-19
Overall, seven out of 10 people worldwide have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 65% have been fully vaccinated. However much small shares Have received a booster shot. In low-income countries, fewer than three in 10 people have received at least one dose of the vaccine. More information about vaccine coverage is available Here,
Share of US population vaccinated against COVID-19
By February 23, about 8 to 10 people Received at least one vaccine dose in the US and 69.3% are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, but the share of those eligible who received the updated booster is much lower , is only 17.2%.
Total dose of vaccine administered in the US
In the two years since COVID-19 vaccines became widely available, Over 671 Million Doses Administered in the Americas for a population of approximately 330 million.
Number of vaccine doses distributed by the US government for global use
In 2021, the US government pledged to donate over 1 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines to countries in need. By February 2023, the US had delivered over 680 million of these doses, and is the largest government donor to COVID-19 vaccination efforts. The gap between the total number of vaccines pledged and the vaccines delivered reflects a rising supply and falling demand for COVID-19 vaccinations globally.
Number of named forms of concern
SARS-CoV-2 evolves and spreads over time, sometimes giving rise to new “variants of concern”, or genetic changes to the virus with potentially harmful implications for public health. Ever since the original version of the virus emerged, WHO has identified 5 different forms of anxiety: Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta and Omicron (the major global version now in vogue).
*The case and death numbers used here are based on reports, and do not account for undercounts including countries with very large populations such as India and China.