What you need to know: The global death toll from the coronavirus passed 3 million people Saturday, according to John Hopkins University data. The milestone was reached as confirmed cases surge to over 140 million and vaccine distribution efforts stumbled over concerns regarding the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
“This is not the situation we want to be in 16 months into a pandemic, where we have proven control measures,” Maria Van Kerkhove, one of the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) leaders on COVID-19 told Fox News.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, one of the nation’s leading health officials during the pandemic said he hopes the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will soon announce new guidance for the J&J vaccine and reinvigorate vaccination efforts.
Latest COVID-19 data
South Carolina health officials reported 616 confirmed cases of the coronavirus on Friday, with 12 confirmed deaths.
With 22,628 tests reported Friday, 3.7% were positive.
Confirmed cases in S.C.: 474,974 (+616)
Total positive cases in Charleston County: 41,917 (+68)
Total positive cases in Berkeley County: 16,855 (+40)
Total positive cases in Dorchester County: 17,046 (+31)
Deaths in S.C. from COVID-19: 8,207 (+12)