About 15 million additional deaths attributed to COVID-19 between January 2020 and December 2021

The World Health Organization (WHO) has released new figures showing that the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic caused almost 15 million deaths directly or indirectly. These deaths comprise the excess mortality over the two years 2020 and 2021, attributable to infection with the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2).