500 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines administered worldwide

Peru receives vaccines against Covid-19
Peru receives vaccines against Covid-19 through the COVAX mechanism. Photo: UNICEF / Jose Vilca

The fight against Covid-19 is intensifying in the world thanks to the mass vaccination undertaken since the end of 2020. On Friday March 26, around 508 million doses of the various vaccines were administered in 164 countries and territories. By March 22, 403 million doses had been administered. The progression is therefore very strong.

Israel is the most advanced country in terms of immunization, with more than 50% of its population received the two necessary doses. The incidence rate of the virus has dropped significantly since the start of the year.

The United States is also very advanced. 133 million doses have been administered in the United States, with 14.3% of its population already vaccinated on March 25.

Other countries like UK, Chile, Bahrain, UAE are also at the forefront of vaccination.

The countries of the European Union have vaccinated just over 10% of their population so far, and are lagging behind, as does Asia. In Africa, vaccine doses are trickling in and vaccination has barely started. Only Morocco is advancing very quickly, with 20% of its population having received at least a first dose.

However, confirmed cases of Covid-19 continued to rise globally for the fourth week in a row, with an estimated 3.3 million new cases reported in the past seven days, the World Health Organization said last Wednesday (WHO).

The number of new coronavirus deaths stabilized after a six-week drop, with just over 60,000 new deaths reported. Europe and the Americas continue to account for nearly eight in ten cases and deaths.

The latest data on variants of the coronavirus indicate that the so-called “British” strain – VOC202012 / 01 – is present in 125 countries, in six regions of the world, according to the WHO.

The so-called “South African” variant – 501Y.V2 – is now present in 75 countries in all regions.

The third “Brazilian” variant of concern – P.1 – has been reported in three other countries over the past week, bringing the total to 41 nations in all regions.

Globally, as of March 23, 123.4 million confirmed cases of Covid-19, including 2.7 million deaths, have been reported to WHO.

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