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Sept. 22, 2021, 6:31 a.m. EDT

Coronavirus tally: Global cases of COVID-19 top 229.5 million and CDC advisers to meet to discuss boosters

The global tally for the coronavirus-borne illness climbed above 229.5 million on Wednesday, while the death toll rose to 4.71 million, according to data aggregated by Johns Hopkins University . The U.S. continues to lead the world with a total of 42.4 million cases and 678,503 deaths. A team of advisers to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are scheduled to meet later Wednesday to decide on booster shots of the Pfizer/BioNTech (NYS:PFE) (NAS:BNTX) COVID vaccine, the New York Times reported. The meeting comes after last Friday's meeting of a committee of advisers to the Food and Drug Administration, who rejected a proposal to offer boosters to everyone above the age of 16, but in favor of offering them to people older than 65 or with weakened immune systems. The CDC must now decide which patient groups might need boosters. The U.S. is now averaging 2,046 deaths a day, according to a New York Times tracker , the most since March 1, and are almost entirely unvaccinated people. India is second by cases after the U.S. at 33.5 million and has suffered 445,768 deaths. Brazil has second highest death toll at 591,440 and 21.2 million cases. Brazil's health minister Marcelo Queiroga tested positive for COVID on Tuesday in New York, where he was attending the U.N.'s General Assembly. In Europe, Russia has most fatalities at 196,235, followed by the U.K. at 135,793.

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