It is as if 10 of the largest commercial airplanes in the world fell from the sky, every day for an entire year.
While the two million figure is terrifying, experts say the true death toll is likely much higher.
Only confirmed deaths from COVID-19 are included in the count, which means that people who die without a firm diagnosis may not be included.
With testing still inadequate in many countries around the world, there could be hundreds of thousands of additional deaths.
Christopher Murray, director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington in Seattle, said an analysis of excess mortality suggests that up to a fifth of coronavirus deaths may not be recorded.
“We have found that, on average, total deaths are 20 percent higher than reported deaths,” he told CNN in an email, adding that the proportion varies substantially between different countries.
“There are extreme cases like Ecuador, Peru or Russia where the total of deaths is between 300 and 500 percent higher than the reported deaths … but where we have data, the average ratio is 20 percent higher.”
As vaccination programs begin to roll out around the world, there is a glimmer of hope, although it will likely take everyone years to deliver the vaccine.
Meanwhile, the pandemic is getting worse.
The number of cases globally is rapidly approaching 100 million.
The United States has by far the highest total death toll in the world, followed by Brazil, India and Mexico.
But the pandemic has reached all corners of the world, and only a few small and isolated nations have reported no deaths.
The virus has hit the elderly hardest, but that doesn’t mean the young aren’t dying.
The poorest people and members of ethnic minorities, immigrants and front-line workers are dying at much higher rates. But death hasn’t saved celebrities or royalty, either.
Now there are two million deaths. Two million stories. Two million chairs left empty at the dining room table. Here are the names of a small fraction of those who have lost their lives:
Chad Dorrill was a college student and former high school basketball player.