Criticizing the unfair distribution of the coronavirus vaccine around the world, the UN Secretary-General said on Monday that only 5% of Africans had been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus.

Iran PressAmerica: The worldwide COVID-19 death toll reached a staggering 5 million people Monday less than two years after the start of the pandemic, as the virus continues to claim thousands of lives a day despite the availability of highly effective vaccines.

The United States has accounted for more than 745,000 of those deaths, or about 15% of the world’s COVID fatalities, according to Johns Hopkins University’s tracker. It’s the highest death toll for any single country.

Brazil and India are next with about 607,000 and 458,000 deaths, respectively.

“These are not numbers on a page. They are mothers and fathers. Brothers and sisters. Daughters and sons. Family, friends and colleagues. Lives cut short by a merciless virus that respects no borders,” United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said in a statement Monday.

“Five million deaths should also stand as a clear warning: we cannot let our guard down,” Guterres noted.

Earlier it was announced that while the American people make up only 4% of the world's population, the US government has stockpiled nearly a quarter of all coronavirus vaccines. 219