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Hua Lamphong railway station in Bangkok on May 1. Thailand last year went 100 days with no detected COVID-19 cases. Bloomberg's analysis of JHU data shows its coronavirus caseload jumped nearly 1,300% over the previous month (more than 40,000 new infections). Photo: Jack Taylor/AFP via Getty Images

Laos, Nepal and Thailand are among several countries now facing steep surges in COVID-19 cases that threaten to overwhelm their health care systems.

The big picture: The scale may be less than India's, but a Bloomberg analysis of Johns Hopkins University data shows the percentage jump in caseloads recorded in the past month compared to the previous one in these nations is much higher than in the world's second-most populous country.

A cremation for COVID-19 victims in Kathmandu, Nepal, which reported 58,390 cases in the past month — an increase of more than 1,600%. Hans Kluge, the WHO regional director for Europe told reporters last week, "The situation in India can happen anywhere." Photo: Prabin Ranabhat/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images
Luang Prabang, Laos, on April 27. The country of 7.1 million has seen the biggest month-on-month rise in the analysis — 884 cases (a 22,000% increase). The government extended the Laos lockdown on May 5 for another 15 days, per Malaysia's The Star. Photo: Kaikeo Saiyasane/Xinhua via Getty Images
A health worker on March 27 vaccinates a woman against the coronavirus in Thimphu, Bhutan, which saw a 909% month-on-month rise, with 222 cases in the population of over 763,000 people. Photo: Upasana Dahal/AFP via Getty Images
People buy vegetables through a gate amid a lockdown in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on May 3. Cambodia has seen nearly 12,000 more COVID-19 cases in the past month, a 604% rise. Photo: Tang Chhin Sothy/AFP via Getty Images
A tent installed along a roadside for coronavirus patients in Ghaziabad, India, on May 4. India recorded more than 7.2 million cases for the month analyzed, a 516% increase on the previous month. Photo: Money Sharma/AFP via Getty Images

Go deeper: Pandemic's global toll rises even as rich world starts to move on

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Dave Lawler, author of World
May 5, 2021 - World

U.S. could fill "vaccine diplomacy" void as other powers struggle

Illustration: Rae Cook/Axios

The U.S. is the last major power to enter the race for global vaccine diplomacy, but still has the opportunity to win it.

Why it matters: China, Russia and other world powers began shipping vaccines all over the world months before the U.S. But they've all run into serious obstacles that leave the U.S. with an opening to become the biggest piece in the global vaccination puzzle.

May 5, 2021 - Health

Why Biden's latest vaccine goal is his hardest yet

Data: CDC, Our World in Data; Note: New Hampshire not including due to conflicting data from source; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

President Biden's latest vaccination goal — 70% of adults receiving one shot by July 4 — will be much harder to reach than his previous ones. And if the U.S. gets there, it will likely be driven by blue states.

Between the lines: The U.S. has already inoculated most of its vaccine-enthusiastic population. States are already beginning to see wide disparities in vaccination rates, largely along political lines.

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