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Sept. 23, 2021, 6:45 a.m. EDT

Coronavirus tally: Global cases of COVID-19 top 230 million and FDA backs boosters for seniors and those at high risk

The global tally for the coronavirus-borne illness climbed above 230 million on Thursday, while the death toll rose to 4.72 million, according to data aggregated by Johns Hopkins University . The U.S. continues to lead the world with a total of 42.5 million cases and 681,199 deaths. The U.S. is averaging more than 2,000 deaths a day, according to a New York Times tracker, the most since late February. The U.S. moved a step closer Wednesday to offering booster doses of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine to senior citizens and others at high risk from the virus as the Food and Drug Administration signed off on the targeted use of the extra shots, the Associated Press reported. The FDA authorized booster doses for Americans who are 65 and older, younger adults with underlying health conditions and those in jobs that put them at high-risk for COVID-19. The CDC started a two-day meeting on Wednesday to make their own recommendations on who should get boosters. India is second by cases after the U.S. at 33.6 million and has suffered 446,050 deaths. Brazil has second highest death toll at 592,316 and 21.3 million cases. In Europe, Russia has most fatalities at 197,834, followed by the U.K. at 135,961.

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