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Coronavirus tally: Global cases of COVID-19 near 244 million; Fauci says kids aged 5 to 11 should start getting shots in early-to-mid November

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By Ciara Linnane

The global tally for the coronavirus-borne illness climbed above 243.7 million on Monday, while the death toll edged above 4.95 million, according to data aggregated by Johns Hopkins University . The U.S. continues to lead the world with a total of 45.4 million cases and 735,941 deaths. The U.S. is averaging more than 1,500 deaths a day, according to a New York Times tracker, although cases and hospitalizations are declining. Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and President Joe Biden's chief medical adviser, said he expects children aged 5 to 11 to become eligible for vaccines by early-to-mid November. A review panel to the U.'S. Food and Drug Administration found last week that the benefits of the shots outweigh risks, and an advisory committee will convene Tuesday to discuss the matter. If they vote in favor and the CDC grants final approval by next week, Fauci told ABC's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos" that children could start getting their shots shortly after. India is second by cases after the U.S. at 34.2 million and has suffered 44,712 deaths. Brazil has second highest death toll at 605,644 and 21.7 million cases. In Europe, Russia has the most fatalities at 227,506 deaths, followed by the U.K. at 139,950.

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