Updated 6:30 AM ET, Wed August 19, 2020
- The number of novel coronavirus cases worldwide has surpassed 22 million, according to Johns Hopkins University.
- With nearly 11.5 million total cases, the Americas account for 64% of the world's Covid-19 deaths, the Pan American Health Organization's director said.
- Dr. Anthony Fauci, America's leading infectious disease expert, said he does not foresee a Covid-19 vaccine mandate in the United States.
- Australia has secured a deal with AstraZeneca for access to a potential Covid-19 vaccine, which it would provide free to all citizens.