More than 180 countries have committed to participate in the World Health Organisation's effort to finance COVID-19 vaccines to be distributed fairly to both rich and poor countries, the group's chief scientist says.
That figure, which WHO chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan updated during a media call on Monday, is an increase from the 170 countries including China that were announced on Friday by the GAVI vaccine alliance, which is working with the WHO on the COVAX financing facility.
More than 37.58 million people have been reported to be infected by the coronavirus globally and 1,077,020 have died, according to a Reuters tally.
The WHO says health data indicates that the coronavirus continues to spread in several countries.
"We are seeing very, very large outbreaks around the world - only last week India led the number of new cases, 504,000, followed by the US with 327,000 and then Brazil," WHO spokeswoman Margaret Harris told BBC Radio 4 on Monday.
"But the United Kingdom is number four and what we are seeing is that, in Europe particularly, in more and more countries we're seeing a bigger change in the number of cases."
Dr Harris said the rates of infection were similar in the UK and in France.
Meanwhile, Chinese health authorities said on Monday that they will test all 9 million people in the eastern city of Qingdao after nine coronavirus cases linked to a hospital were found.
The announcement broke a two-month streak with no virus transmissions reported within China, though China has a practice of not reporting asymptomatic cases.
Authorities were investigating the source of the infections in eight patients at Qingdao's Municipal Chest Hospital and one family member, the National Health Commission said.
"The whole city will be tested within five days," it said on its social media account.
China, where the pandemic was first detected in December, has reported 4634 deaths and 85,578 cases, plus nine suspected cases that have yet to be confirmed.