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Cemetery workers in protective suits carry the coffin of a COVID-19 victim at a cemetery in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

This year's global coronavirus death toll has already surpassed that of 2020's, with poor and developing countries accounting for a significant rise in coronavirus deaths in 2021, according to a Wall Street analysis of Johns Hopkins data.

Why it matters: While Americans are returning to activities they haven't done since before the pandemic, the reality is very different in many other parts of the world.

What they found: Africa, South America, and Asia make up more than 80% of daily coronavirus cases and three-quarters of daily COVID-related deaths, the WSJ reports, citing data from the University of Oxford.

  • High case rates coupled with low vaccinations have spelled disaster.

What to watch: The Biden administration will ship the first batch of 500 million doses of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines to 92 countries and the African Union from August, the White House announced Thursday morning.

  • "200 million doses will be delivered by the end of this year and the remaining 300 million will be delivered in the first half of 2022," the White House said in a statement.

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Jun 10, 2021 - World

Biden admin to ship millions of COVID vaccines around the world from August

President Biden arriving at Cornwall Airport Newquay in Cornwall, England, on Thurday. Photo: Phil Noble/WPA Pool/Getty Images

The Biden administration will ship the first batch of 500 million doses of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines to 92 countries and the African Union from August, the White House announced Thursday morning.

Details: "200 million doses will be delivered by the end of this year and the remaining 300 million will be delivered in the first half of 2022," the White House said in a statement.

The global vaccine supply is finally opening up

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

The global vaccine supply is finally opening up for countries that desperately need the ammo in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Driving the news: The Biden administration will buy 500 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine to share with countries around the world, with the option to buy an additional 200 million.

Jun 10, 2021 - Health

BioNTech plans to expand mRNA vaccine production into Africa

Employees test procedures for manufacturing mRNA for the COVID-19 vaccine in a BioNTech facility. Photo: Abdulhamid Hosbas/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

BioNTech announced this week that it plans to establish mRNA vaccine production facilities in Africa, according to the Financial Times.

Why it matters: The blockbuster success of mRNA vaccines for the COVID-19 pandemic could give a boost to efforts to use the adaptable technology to tackle cancers, malaria and other intractable illnesses, as Axios has previously reported.