The globe reached a couple of Coronavirus milestones this week. One is terribly grim: We passed 4 million deaths due to the virus. The other, offers faint hope: Through July 13, more than a quarter (25.6%) of the world’s population has now received at least one COVID-19 vaccine according to Our World in Data, which collects information from local governments. That’s up 3.2% from two weeks ago; the world is currently administering nearly 30 million vaccines per day. In all, 3.51 billion shots have been given around the globe.
That’s progress, of course, but the picture still leaves much to be improved upon, particularly since vaccines are the world’s best weapon against the highly transmissible Delta variant, which is driving up the global case count.
Just 1% of people in low-income countries have received a vaccine, compared to .9% two weeks ago. Countries with the highest share of vaccinated citizens remain the more or less the same group as in previous weeks with Canada, Chile, the U.K, and Israel all approaching the 70% mark. The U.S, with 55.2% of its population vaccinated with one shot, now trails a number of European countries. Japan, where the Olympics are due to begin next week, has reached 31.14% of its population. Roughly 55 countries, most in Africa, where the Delta variant has begun to spread quickly, have vaccinated less than 10% of their populations. The rise in cases, along with the dearth of vaccines in African countries—the vaccination rate for the continent is 2.93%—is an especially worrisome combination.
New cases are on the rise globally — up by 21%, from two weeks ago — with hotspots including island nations like Fiji, Cyprus, Cuba as well as a number of European countries like the Netherlands and Spain. Cases have also begun to rise again in the U.S., up 109% from two weeks ago.
Share of the population that has received at least one shot
|Antigua and Barbuda||37.7%|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||9.3%|
|British Virgin Islands||44.5%|
|Central African Republic||1.6%|
|Isle of Man||75.5%|
|Saint Kitts and Nevis||43.2%|
|Sao Tome and Principe||12%|
|Sint Maarten (Dutch part)||52.8%|
|Trinidad and Tobago||16.2%|
|Turks and Caicos Islands||61.6%|
|United Arab Emirates||76%|
|Wallis and Futuna||41%|