According to Worldometer on Tuesday, a website that provides real-time statistics for the pandemic, over 100 million people have been infected with COVID-19 and more than 2 million others have died from the virus.
This means that around one in every 80 people has been infected.
This grim milestone comes 13 months after the first COVID-19 case was reported in late December 2019.
By country, the US remains the hardest hit with over 25 million infections and more than 430-thousand deaths.
The death toll in North and South America together has surpassed 1 million with Brazil accounting for the highest number of fatalities in Latin America.
But, some countries are witnessing a drop in the number of new cases.
Britain, for example, reported over 22-thousand new daily infections on Monday, its lowest number in several weeks.
Japan also reported a drop on the same day, reporting less than 3-thousand cases for the first time in 28 days.
As countries speed up to distribute COVID-19 vaccines, the World Health Organization says that vaccines are just one way to fight the virus, and other tools are also needed.
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"The vaccine is one tool but we need a full armamentarium if we're going to beat this virus. We need to make sure we've got our first, second and third lines of defense all working. And the vaccine is going to be your first line of defense to help prevent people from getting infected."
The WHO stressed the importance of having strict social distancing measures in place even when COVID-19 vaccines rollout.
Min Suk-hyen, Arirang News.