8 May 2021

• Coronavirus cases in Brazil exceed 15 million, as the government announces a purchase of an additional 100 million doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine. Source

Bloomberg reports that the market value of biotech stocks (including for coronavirus vaccine developers BioNTech, CureVac, Moderna and Novavax) dropped by more $30 billion after US President Joe Biden said that patents should be suspended during the global pandemic to increase global access to coronavirus vaccines). Source

• Pope Francis and US President Biden urge people to get vaccinated during a Global Citizen television special event, “VAX LIVE: The Concert to Reunite the World.” Source

• The University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation reports that COVID-19 deaths in the US have been dramatically undercounted, and could reach 948,859 by Q3 of 2021, and it projects that  185 million of the over 332 million people in the US will have been vaccinated against coronavirus by September 2021. Source

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