Europe is the only region in the world where COVID-19 deaths have increased over the past week, according to the World Health Organization. Of the 3.3 million new COVID-19 cases reported last week, 2.1 million were in the European Region.
On Monday, the Centers for Disease and Control posted a Level 4 alert for travel to Hungary, Iceland, the Czech Republic and Guernsey. These countries were only the last to be added to the fourth level travel list. When the CDC places a country in the Tier 4 travel category, they recommend that Americans avoid traveling there, even if they are fully vaccinated.
Billions of dollars will be made available to drug makers seeking to expand domestic production of COVID-19 vaccines as part of a new initiative by the Biden administration. Increasing the capacity of COVID-19 vaccines will help address global shortages, halt preventable deaths and limit the development of more dangerous options, officials said.
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