Daily COVID-19 Vaccine Latest Updates: Nearly 70 Million Shots Given in at least 56 countries
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The biggest vaccination campaign

More than 65.6 million doses in 56 countries have been administered, according to data collected by Bloomberg. The latest rate was roughly 3.38 million doses a day, on average.

The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine has now been cleared for use across North America, Europe and the Middle East, and vaccination campaigns have begun in at least 56 countries. That shot and the vaccine from Moderna were both found to reduce coronavirus infections by 95% in trials of tens of thousands of volunteers. A vaccine by AstraZeneca Plc and University of Oxford got its first major authorization, by the U.K., on Dec. 30.

Vaccinations in the U.S. began Dec. 14 with health-care workers, and so far 22.4 million shots have been given, according to a state-by-state tally by Bloomberg and data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In the last week, an average of 1.16 million doses per day were administered. In an effort to speed up vaccinations after a rocky rollout, the U.S. government on Jan. 12 began encouraging states to start immunizing all residents 65 and older, along with those ages 16 and older with certain medical conditions. The directive would open vaccinations up to more than a third of the U.S. population—more than the current supply of vaccines could support.

COVID-19 Vaccine in Wealthier countries and Lower-income countries

Accodingto Cfr, wealthier countries that were able to make advance purchase agreements with vaccine makers, particularly domestic manufacturers, have been the first to start COVID-19 vaccinations. China, European Union states, Israel, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States are among the dozens of countries where vaccination campaigns are underway.

China and Russia are also sending their vaccines across the Middle East and Asia—vaccine diplomacy that could forge stronger partnerships with countries in those regions, including longtime U.S. allies. President Joe Biden has vowed to increase U.S. vaccine supplies as well as boost international cooperation in his first days in office.

Many lower-income countries have not even begun COVID-19 vaccination, losing out to wealthy nations on bids for supplies or waiting for more cost-effective options, such as vaccines by the University of Oxford and British-Swedish company AstraZeneca and by U.S. firm Johnson & Johnson. (Most approved vaccines require two doses, while Johnson & Johnson’s is expected to require only one.) WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus berated vaccine makers for prioritizing profits over equitable global access.

Some countries with severely limited supplies are home to large numbers of refugees or displaced people, vulnerable groups that collectively number around seventy million worldwide: Jordan, for example, became the first nation to administer COVID-19 vaccines to refugees, a move that UN officials have urged other countries to follow.

Top countries - Most Successful

Israel. Within just two weeks of starting vaccinations, Israel had already reached close to 15 percent of its population, the fastest pace in the world. The government reportedly paid high premiums for its vaccine supplies, and ordered doses early. It also has a fully digitized universal health-care network, making it easier to identify priority groups and carefully track vaccinations, and a relatively small population, at around nine million people.

United Arab Emirates. Like Israel, the UAE has a small population and a universal health-care system, presenting similar logistical advantages. The Gulf nation has been administering not only vaccines by U.S.-based Moderna and U.S. and German partners Pfizer and BioNTech, but also one developed by China’s Sinopharm, delivering doses to nearly one-fifth of its ten million people by mid-January. Also contributing to the rapid rollout have been efforts to boost public confidence, including an Islamic ruling in favor of COVID-19 vaccines by the country’s Fatwa Council.

When is most of the world’s population expected to be protected from COVID-19?

It will likely take years for the majority of the world’s population to become immunized against COVID-19. Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, is aiming to distribute two billion doses worldwide by the end of this year.

Biden to reinstate Covid travel restrictions Trump rescinded

President Joe Biden plans to sign restrictions Monday on travel to the United States to mitigate Covid-19 transmission. The ban would prevent most non-U.S. citizens from entry if they have recently been in South Africa, where a new strain of Covid-19 has been identified.

The limits would affect non-U.S. citizens traveling from the United Kingdom, Ireland and much of Europe in what is known as the Schengen countries, which share a common visa process. Travelers from Brazil would also be affected.

Californian dies hours after receiving vaccine

Authorities in California's Placer County are investigating a death that came hours after the victim was vaccinated. The Placer County Sheriff said the person had tested positive for COVID-19 in late December and was administered a COVID-19 vaccine several hours before the individual died on Thursday. Multiple local, state, and federal agencies are investigating the case, the sheriff's department said in a statement. No additional details were released.

"Any reports surrounding the cause of death are premature, pending the outcome of the investigation," the statement said.

Dr. Anthony Fauci has said people who had COVID-19 should wait 90 days after infection before they get vaccinated to prevent interference with "natural antibodies" from the infection.

Covid-19 Vaccine Situation Today (Monday, January 25) in USSA

By Inauguration Day last Wednesday, nearly 36 million doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines had been distributed to state and local governments. However, only about 16.5 million shots had administered by that time.

The United States on Sunday surpassed 25 million cases of COVID-19, but an influential coronavirus model says the true number is likely much higher.

About 17% of people in the U.S., or upward of 50 million people, have been infected with the coronavirus, researchers at the University of Washington estimate. They warn the U.S. is likely only identifying about half of COVID-19 cases.

The lack of a synchronized federal approach has also impeded the U.S. rollout: by late January, less than half of doses distributed to states had been administered, with local officials and health professionals describing the same challenges faced by Canada and others.

Still, the country has among the highest rates of doses administered per capita, and Biden has announced plans for a more centralized pandemic response, which includes administering one hundred million doses in his first one hundred days in office.

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