Vietnam to receive a million Covid vaccine doses by July

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It took 113 days to go from 500,000 total U.S. COVID-19 deaths to 600,000 - the second slowest 100,000-death jump since the pandemic began.

Worldwide, the US still is reporting the greatest total deaths, followed by Brazil, India and Mexico.

"There's still too many lives being lost", President Joe Biden said, noting that despite the daily number of dead dropping sharply, the continuing loss of life was still "a real tragedy".

"We have more work to do to beat this virus".

Newspapers, including the Guardian and the Times of London, reported that the government plans to introduce the requirement after deciding that vaccinating care home workers would protect vulnerable residents.

South Korea has inoculated 25% of its population with at least one dose of Covid-19 vaccine two weeks ahead of schedule, authorities said on Wednesday, putting the country on track to meet a target of 70% by September.

With vaccinations down to about 1.10 million doses per day last week - some 67% lower than the highest seven-day rate - the Biden administration and state governors have come up with all manner of incentives to get unvaccinated people to roll up their sleeves.

In New York city - where more than 33,000 died from Covid - life took a major step forward as nearly all restrictions were lifted.

"With active participation and smooth vaccination, we expect to reach the first-dose vaccination for 36 million people by September", health ministry official Yoon Tae-ho told a briefing.

Just over 52 percent of the United States population, or 174 million people, have received at least one dose of one of the three vaccines authorized in the country, according to health officials.

When invited, people are able to book at one of the 1,600 Vaccination Centre, pharmacy or general practice sites across the country that are available through the national booking service.

Experts are concerned about the recent arrival of the new Delta variant of the disease, which initially appeared in India. People's misconceptions are being removed as they see more people getting the vaccine jab.