COVID-19: What Country is WInning the Race to Be Fully Vaccinated?
In the race to get their populations vaccinated, some countries are doing better than others. No country is fully vaccinated yet, but one, Gibraltar, a British territory located at the southern tip of Spain, is very close and will no doubt win the race. Everyone in Gibraltar has received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine, That means everyone already has a good deal of immunity, because with the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, you are already at 80% immunity two weeks after your first shot.
But even better, 90.2% of Gibraltar's population has been FULLY vaccinated. Gibraltar's total population is a little over 33,700. I am assuming that the data I am looking at is only showing those who are eligible for the vaccine. Presently, it is everyone who is 16 years of age or older, but Pfizer will be seeking approval for 12-15-year-olds to receive its vaccine, as well.
Currently, the only other country who has fully vaccinated over half of their population is Israel, at 57.4%. Several other countries are close: Falkland Islands (49.3%), Seychelles (46.7%), and Cayman Islands (41.5%). It seems if you live on an island, you have an advantage!
Those are all pretty small places, though. Where do the very large countries stand? In the United States, we have about a quarter (24.7%) of our population fully vaccinated. Russia is only at 4%, India is at 1.2%, and Canada is 2.4% (however, Canada pursued a different strategy of getting as many people their first dose as possible, so they have an additional 21% partially immunized. China, the "hermit kingdom", isn't reporting its figures.
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