Over 535 Million Covid-19 Shots Administered Worldwide
London, March 29, 2021 (AltAfrica)-The biggest vaccination campaign in history is underway. More than 535 million doses have been administered across 141 countries, according to data collected by Bloomberg.
The latest rate was roughly 14.5 million doses a day.
In the U.S., more Americans have received at least one dose than have tested positive for the virus since the pandemic began.
So far, 143 million doses have been given. In the last week, an average of 2.71 million doses per day were administered.
Global Vaccination Campaign
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The United Kingdom leading the rest of Europe
In terms of the absolute number of vaccinations, the UK, which approved its first COVID-19 vaccine on December 2, nearly three weeks before the EU, is racing ahead with immunising its people.
More than 30 million Brits have now had a first coronavirus jab. As of Saturday, some 30,151,287 people had been given one vaccine, while 3,527,481 had also had a second dose.
It means more than 45% of the population have been given a first inoculation and more than 5% both, according to the journalist Hugo Gye, who tweets vaccine statistics daily, before the figures are officially confirmed.
OVID-19 vaccination doses administered in Africa as of March 2021
As of March 24, 2021, Morocco had administered over 7.1 million coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination doses, the highest number in Africa.
The country started the immunization campaign in January, after the approval from emergency use of the British AstraZeneca and Chinese Sinopharm vaccines.
By its turn, Ghana is so far the second most vaccinated country in Africa, with more than 420 thousand doses distributed.
South Africa, which accumulated the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the continent, carried out some 207.8 thousand immunizations.
Overall, more than four million people were infected by the virus in Africa since the beginning of the pandemic.
Since the start of the global vaccination campaign, countries have experienced unequal access to vaccines and varying degrees of efficiency in getting shots into people’s arms. Before March, few African nations had received a single shipment of shots. In the U.S., 43.2 doses have been administered for every 100 people.
While the best vaccines are thought to be 95% effective, it takes a coordinated campaign to stop a pandemic. Anthony Fauci, the top infectious-disease official in the U.S., has said that vaccinating 70% to 85% of the U.S. population would enable a return to normalcy.
On a global scale, that’s a daunting level of vaccination. At the current pace of 14.5 million a day, it would take years to achieve a significant level of global immunity. The rate, however, is steadily increasing, and new vaccines by additional manufacturers are coming to market.
Delivering billions of vaccines to stop the spread of Covid-19 worldwide will be one of the greatest logistical challenges ever undertaken.
Reports by Bloomberg. Euro News,