The World Health Organization says a million people across the globe have died of COVID-19 in 2022.
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is calling for efforts to push vaccine coverage higher for the whole population.
"We cannot say we are learning to live with COVID-19 when one million people have died with COVID-19 this year alone,
when we are 2.5 years into the pandemic and have all the tools necessary to prevent these deaths.
Once again, we ask all governments to strengthen their efforts to vaccinate all health workers, older people and others at the highest risk,
on the way to 70 percent vaccine coverage for the whole population."
He adds that it's pleasing to see that some countries with the lowest vaccination rates are now making up ground, especially in Africa.
He says more efforts are needed to contain the virus as it's still causing a striking number of fatalities.