Coronavirus Update: French Officials Call Sanofi Vaccine Prioritization 'Unacceptable'

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Good morning, it’s Thursday, May 14. 

Here’s your daily coronavirus update.

There are over 4.3 million cases of the virus worldwide, with over 297,000 deaths.

The U.S. has 1.3 million cases and 84,000 deaths.

Russia has 252,000 cases and--according to data from Johns Hopkins--a death count of 2,300.

The United Kingdom has 230,000 cases and 33,000 deaths.

Brazil recorded its highest daily death toll--881 deaths Tuesday--to put its total death toll at 12,400. Brazil has 190,000 cases. But experts believe that this number may be far higher because of lack of testing.

French drug-maker Sanofi is rushing to develop the world’s first coronavirus vaccine.

CEO Paul Hudson told Bloomberg News Wednesday that Americans would likely be the first recipients once the vaccine is ready for mass use.

French officials, however, have pushed back against this, calling the prioritization “unacceptable.”

They argue that Paris-based company has been the recipient of billions of euros in research credits funded by French taxpayers.

Sanofi has been working with Britain's GlaxoSmithKline, and has received funding from Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, on COVID-19 vaccine candidates the pair hope will be ready by next year.

In a statement, the company said, “"We have always been committed in these unprecedented circumstances to make our vaccine accessible to everyone,.”

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