By MORGAN WINSOR, ERIN SCHUMAKER and EMILY SHAPIRO, ABC News

(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now infected more than 99.8 million people worldwide and killed over 2.1 million of them, according to real-time data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.

Here’s how the news is developing Tuesday. All times Eastern:

Jan 26, 4:58 pm
White House reaches agreements to buy more vaccines by summer

President Joe Biden’s administration said it has secured commitments from vaccine makers to buy another 200 million doses to arrive this summer — 100 million from Pfizer and 100 million from Moderna.

This raises the total to 600 million and ensures the U.S. will eventually have two shots for nearly every American.
 
“We expect these vaccines to be available in production over the course of the summer,” a Biden official said.

Buying more doses had always been an option for the U.S. government as part of the prior contracts.

“We will increase overall weekly vaccination distributions of states, tribes and territories from 8.6 million doses to a minimum of 10 million doses starting next week,” President Joe Biden said Tuesday.

Biden also vowed to increase “transparency with states, cities and tribes and local partners when it comes to the vaccine supply.”

“From this week forward … states, tribes and territories will now always have a reliable, three-week forecast with the supply they’re going to get,” he said.

ABC News’ Anne Flaherty contributed to this report.

Jan 26, 4:10 pm
Kamala Harris gets 2nd vaccine dose

Vice President Kamala Harris, while wearing two masks, received her second vaccine dose Tuesday at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.

She called the shot “relatively painless,” adding, “We’re gonna get 100 million vaccinations in 100 days.”

“I want to urge everyone to take the vaccine when it is your turn,” Harris said.

Second gentleman Doug Emhoff also received his second vaccine dose.

Jan 26, 3:01 pm
UK variant gains ground in Netherlands

The Netherlands is battling two COVID-19 epidemics: one against its existing variants, in which cases are declining, and “another epidemic involving the U.K. variant, in which infections are increasing,” the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment wrote in a situation report on Tuesday.

The U.K. variant has caused a massive jump in hospitalizations in the U.K. and Ireland.

In the Netherlands, government officials said they were “gravely concerned about the U.K. variant.” Over the weekend they introduced a nighttime curfew which has sparked riots.

The Netherlands has reported an 11.7% positivity rate the last two weeks.

ABC News’ Christine Theodorou contributed to this report.

Jan 26, 2:40 pm
Global case count climbs over 100 million

The number of people worldwide who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 surpassed 100 million on Tuesday, according to real-time data collected by Johns Hopkins University. Over 25 million of those cases are in the U.S.

For perspective, only 14 countries in the world have populations over 100 million, according to the latest data from the World Bank Group.

This milestone comes just over one year since the first COVID-19 case was confirmed in Wuhan, China, on Dec. 31, 2019.

Jan 26, 1:55 pm
UK tops 100,000 deaths

The United Kingdom has surpassed 100,000 deaths from COVID-19, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Tuesday.

“It’s hard to compute the sorrow contained in that grim statistic,” he said.

More than 35,000 people in the U.K. are hospitalized, which is “substantially” above the peak in April, Johnson said.

The number of people testing positive is still high, but is decreasing slowly, with 20,089 new cases reported Tuesday, he said.

Jan 26, 1:27 pm
Boston Marathon to be held in October if road races are allowed

This year’s Boston Marathon will be held on Oct. 11, if road races are allowed in the state’s reopening plan at that time, the Boston Athletic Association said.

A virtual race will also be offered as an option to runners.

“While it was of course the right thing to do, canceling the 2020 Boston Marathon for the first time in its 124-year history was one of the hardest announcements to make,” Mayor Marty Walsh said in a statement.

“Today, I’m filled with hope, as we set our sights on October for the running of the 125th Boston Marathon,” Walsh said. “We have a ways to go before we’re out of the woods, but guided by sound judgment and the advice of our public health experts, I am hopeful that we’ll get to enjoy the return of one of Boston’s most storied traditions this fall.”

Jan 26, 1:27 pm
Boston Marathon to be held in October if road races are allowed

This year’s Boston Marathon will be held on Oct. 11, if road races are allowed in the state’s reopening plan at that time, the Boston Athletic Association said.

A virtual race will also be offered as an option to runners.

“While it was of course the right thing to do, canceling the 2020 Boston Marathon for the first time in its 124-year history was one of the hardest announcements to make,” Mayor Marty Walsh said in a statement.

“Today, I’m filled with hope, as we set our sights on October for the running of the 125th Boston Marathon,” Walsh said. “We have a ways to go before we’re out of the woods, but guided by sound judgment and the advice of our public health experts, I am hopeful that we’ll get to enjoy the return of one of Boston’s most storied traditions this fall.”

Jan 26, 12:28 pm
Several hundred White House staffers have received vaccinations

Several hundred White House staffers already received vaccinations by the White House medical team, White House officials said, confirming a report from Axios.

The White House hopes to vaccinate all in-person staff in the next few weeks, officials said.

Jan 26, 12:15 pm
Hospitalizations at lowest since Dec. 14

The U.S. is seeing improvements in case and hospitalizations. In the last two weeks, the seven-day average of cases has declined by 33.1%, according to ABC News’ analysis of data compiled by the COVID Tracking Project,

On Monday, Missouri reported the fewest number of new cases since September, while South Dakota reported the lowest number of new cases since July.

Hospitalizations are also declining nationwide — the COVID Tracking Project analysis states it is the lowest since Dec. 14.

Hospitalizations are even trending down in California, which has more people in hospitals than any other state.

Jan 26, 11:00 am
Colombian defense minister dies of COVID-19

Colombian President Ivan Duque announced Tuesday that Defense Minister Carlos Holmes Trujilo died in the early morning hours from COVID-19 complications. He was 69.

“I can’t express the pain that I have,” Duque said in a statement while conveying his condolences to Trujilo’s family.

Colombia has the third-highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Americas, behind the United States and Brazil, according to the World Health Organization.

Jan 26, 9:43 am
Europe’s longest land border closes over new variant

Europe’s longest land border, spanning more than 1,000 miles, has closed for the first time since World War II.

Sweden’s temporary ban on entry from neighboring Norway went into effect Monday and will last until at least Feb. 14. The Swedish government has also extended an entry ban from the United Kingdom and Denmark until the same date.


The move comes amid concerns over a new, more contagious variant of the novel coronavirus that was first identified in the U.K. and has since spread to Norway’s capital and the surrounding area.

On Saturday, shortly before Sweden announced the new travel ban, the Norwegian government imposed strict new lockdown measures for Oslo and nine neighboring municipalities due to an outbreak of the variant.

Jan 26, 9:07 am
South Africa tells rich countries to stop hoarding COVID-19 vaccines

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has accused wealthy countries of hoarding excess doses of COVID-19 vaccines that they had ordered but did not immediately need.

He said rich countries had “acquired large doses of vaccines” — some “up to four times what their population needs” — “to the exclusion of other countries.”

“We need those who have hoarded the vaccines to release the vaccines so that other countries can have them,” Ramaphosa told a virtual meeting of the World Economic Forum on Tuesday. “We are all not safe if some countries are vaccinating their people and other countries are not.”

Ramaphosa’s comments come as African nations grapple with a rising number of COVID-19 infections. South Africa accounts for nearly half of the continent’s confirmed cases and deaths from the disease, according to the latest data from the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Ramaphosa chairs the African Union, which secured a provisional 270 million COVID-19 vaccine doses from manufacturers last week for its 55 member states across the continent. Ramaphosa said those doses will supplement the 600 million to be acquired from the COVAX Facility, a global initiative co-led by the World Health Organization to ensure rapid and equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines for all countries regardless of income.

Jan 26, 8:31 am
Biden is a ‘game-changer’ for COVID-19 response, New Jersey governor says

Having Joe Biden in the Oval Office versus Donald Trump is a “complete game-changer” for the country’s COVID-19 response, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said.

“Two ways: obsession with this, knowing that public health creates economic health, and a consistent national strategy as opposed to a patchwork quilt. It’s a complete game-changer over the past six days,” Murphy, a Democrat, told ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos in an interview Tuesday on Good Morning America.

Murphy said his state, like many others, desperately needs more doses of COVID-19 vaccines.

“We need more doses,” he said. “The Biden administration knows that, they’ve entered into what I think is an empty cupboard and they’re frantically, I know, obsessed with building that supply back.”

New Jersey has confirmed more than 666,000 cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, including at least 20,972 deaths. The Garden State has administered 551,209 doses of COVID-19 vaccines as of Tuesday morning, according to real-time data collected by Johns Hopkins University.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has delivered almost double the amount of vaccine doses to New Jersey than have been administered there. Murphy said part of the issue is that a federally-run long-term care channel is putting aside doses in advance of visits to nursing homes and other care facilities.

“So it looks like they’re not getting used. Those are actually earmarked for distribution over the next week or two,” he said. “And then on the state side, … we’re not throwing any doses away, I promise you that. … We are putting as many shots in the arms as possible.”

In order for New Jersey to meet the goal of vaccinating 70% of its population within six months, Murphy said the state needs two or three times the weekly dosage of COVID-19 vaccines that they’re currently getting.

“I’m confident we’ll get there,” he said. “It’s not going to be as early as we had hoped, but I’m confident we’re going to get there and I think by the time we turn to the summer, we’re in a whole different place.”

Biden aims to reopen all elementary schools and bring students for in-person learning within the first 100 days of his presidency, but Murphy said New Jersey will likely have to do a mix of remote and in-person learning.

“I’m not sure we can do it all in, fully in-person,” he said. “I think the game-changer will be whether or not we can get the vaccinations for our educators.”

Jan 26, 4:32 am
US reports over 147,000 new cases

There were 147,254 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in the United States on Monday, according to a real-time count kept by Johns Hopkins University.

Monday’s case count is far less than the country’s all-time high of 298,031 newly confirmed infections on Jan. 2, Johns Hopkins data shows.

An additional 1,758 fatalities from COVID-19 were registered nationwide on Monday, down from a peak of 4,462 new deaths on Jan. 12, according to Johns Hopkins data.

COVID-19 data may be skewed due to possible lags in reporting over the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday weekend.

A total of 25,297,072 people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the pandemic began, and at least 421,129 have died, according to Johns Hopkins data. The cases include people from all 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C., and other U.S. territories as well as repatriated citizens.

Much of the country was under lockdown by the end of March as the first wave of the pandemic hit. By May 20, all U.S. states had begun lifting stay-at-home orders and other restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. The day-to-day increase in the country’s cases then hovered around 20,000 for a couple of weeks before shooting back up over the summer.

The numbers lingered around 40,000 to 50,000 from mid-August through early October before surging again to record levels, crossing 100,000 for the first time on Nov. 4, then reaching 200,000 on Nov. 27 before nearing 300,000 on Jan. 2.

So far, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has authorized two COVID-19 vaccines for emergency use — one developed by U.S. pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech, and another developed by American biotechnology company Moderna and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

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