In the Netherlands, almost half of the population is fully vaccinated against corona. On average, vaccination is much less fast around the world. What about covid-19 vaccinations?
First, the total figures: at the moment, up to 13 percent of the world‘s population is fully vaccinated. Just over a quarter has had at least a first shot. Approximately 3.7 billion vaccines have been administered worldwide and an average of nearly 31 million daily.
But a look at the world map shows that there’s a long way to go, and that the race is far from even.
There are considerable differences in the rate of vaccination achieved by country and region, i.e. the percentage of vaccinated people from the total population. Western Europe and North America are on the road to full protection, as well as a motley collection of countries scattered across other continents.
But that does not apply to Africa, Eastern Europe, much of Asia and the Middle East, and some countries in Central and South America. In general, the poorer countries are bad for it.
The best protected countries are the United Arab Emirates, Malta and Iceland, where around 70 percent of the total population is fully vaccinated. Also on this list of countries that have fully vaccinated at least half of their inhabitants, many Western European countries and two countries in the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Aruba and Curaçao (by the way, the Netherlands itself does not make this breakaway). The group also contains a small number of countries in the Arabian Peninsula and South America that protrude head and shoulders above their own region.
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Europe also has many countries in the middle motor category – these are the countries that have fully vaccinated between one third and half of their population. This group includes the Baltic States, Eastern European countries such as the Czech Republic and Croatia, but also rich western countries such as France, the Netherlands and the United States.
By the way, all comparisons in this article deal with the total population. If you measure the percentage of vaccinated residents over 18 years old, the statistics look quite different. As in this article from NRC, which says 56 percent of Dutch people have been vaccinated. That doesn‘t mean the total population, but only adults.
Rich Countries That Linger
In addition, there are countries where you would expect things to go better than it goes. Japan and Saudi Arabia are both very capital powerful, but have fully vaccinated 23 and 14 percent of their population respectively.
Other wealthy countries that don’t want to get along with vaccination are South Korea (where 13 percent of residents are fully vaccinated), Australia (11 percent) and New Zealand (13 percent).
Vaccines shortage in poor countries
For months, reports have been reported that the poorest countries have far too few vaccines. This has hardly changed, despite great promises from wealthy industrialized countries to donate hundreds of millions of vaccines. Today, only 1.1 percent of the population of those countries have received at least one shot.
Poor countries often depend on tools like Covax. This is a neutral organisation that collects vaccines worldwide to distribute them to countries that are unable to buy or manufacture vaccines themselves.
Covax aims to deliver 1.2 billion doses to 92 of the poorer countries this year, but the question is whether the organization can make that happen. So far, 138.3 million doses have been delivered via Covax. Among other things, the program is delayed by the fact that one of the largest Covax suppliers, India, has decided to use hundreds of millions of india-manufactured doses instead of exporting them. India came to that conclusion when the infections rose up there.
According to the World Health Organization, a total of 11 billion doses are needed to protect the entire world‘s population from coronavirus. These doses should be put all over the world, not just in the richest countries. As long as there is no vaccination in parts of the world, the virus keeps the ability to mutate into ever-new, dangerous variants, experts warn.
Vaccination in poor countries is also in the interest of the prosperous West, highlighted Marjolein van Egmond, Professor of Immunology at the Amsterdam UMC yesterday at DecceIT. Otherwise, the new variants will eventually reach the Western world. “The World Health Organization has been saying that for a long time, but of course it’s a long-term interest.”