1 Billion Vaccine Doses Have Been Administered Worldwide, But Mostly In Wealthy Countries
After the first jab was given to Margaret Keenan, a 90-year-old grandmother from the U.K. on December 8, it took 61 days before 100 million shots had been administered globally.
Yet, with the rollout ramping up worldwide in the months since, more than 100 million doses were administered in the past five days alone, according to Bloomberg’s vaccine tracker.
Nearly a quarter of the world’s total doses have been dispensed in the United States, with an average of more than 2.8 million jabs per day over the last week.
More than half of all American adults have gotten at least the first dose.
Israel has immunized the largest number of people per capita, with 56% of its population fully vaccinated.
The Associated Press reported last week that 87% of doses had been administered in rich countries, with 1 in 4 people in wealthy nations having received a jab, versus 1 in more than 500 in impoverished countries. According to the New York Times’ vaccination tracker, only 0.2% of doses have been dispensed in low-income countries. Up to 60 of those nations might not receive any additional supply of the vaccine until June. Conversely, the supply of available shots in the U.S. has begun to outpace demand. Several states, including Louisiana, Kansas, Mississippi, have recently turned down offers of additional vaccine shipments from the federal government. Some mass vaccination sites in the U.S. have been largely ignored, and others are being shut down due to decreased demand. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has declared his organization will prioritize increasing global access, stating earlier this year that hoarding of the vaccine by the rich would not only be a “catastrophic moral failure” but that it would keep “the pandemic burning” and would result in a “very slow” global economic recovery.
India has emerged as the new epicenter of the pandemic, reporting more than 300,000 new confirmed cases in each of the past three days. Less than 2% of India’s population has been fully vaccinated, despite the fact the country is one of the world’s largest producers of the AstraZeneca vaccine.
“It’s outrageous ethically, morally, scientifically,” WHO epidemiologist Maria Van Kerkhove told the Washington Post when asked about vaccine inequality worldwide. “We have all the kindling to start fires everywhere. We’re sitting on a powder keg.”
19. Approximately 18.5 million doses are being administered daily throughout the world. At that pace, according to Bloomberg, it will take another 19 months before 75% of the world’s population is vaccinated.