Dec 5, 2021 - World

Two years of COVID-19

Data: Our World in Data; Chart: Axios Visuals

Two years ago Wednesday, the first case of a mysterious new respiratory disease was discovered in Wuhan, China. Now, the Omicron variant has deepened concerns about just how much longer the coronavirus pandemic will last.

The big picture: More than 5 million people have died since that first case. Most people on earth have lived through some form of lockdown. 54% of the global population has had at least one vaccination, though the shots have been distributed unevenly.

  • We know much more about the disease and how to treat it, but the end still isn't in sight.

Here's a look at the world's pandemic journey over the past two years:

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