A medical assistant rests while waiting for patients in an abandoned Dave & Buster’s converted into a large-scale Covid-19 testing facility in Houston, Texas, on Jan. 8, 2022. Photo: Brandon Bell (AP)
The US covid-19 vaccination rate is according to the latest data from Johns Hopkins University. The US was ranked 55th in Nov 2021, 40th in September, and 18th back in July, but has struggled with an onslaught of medical disinformation delivered to large segments of the American people through outlets such as Fox news.
During the earliest vaccination efforts of 2021, both smaller countries and more prosperous countries dominated the international rankings. But population size is no longer so important and many low-income countries are doing very well compared to the US, which has vaccinated only 63% of the population.
For example, China, with the largest population in the world, has vaccinated 87% of its population of 1.4 billion people, making it the fifth-highest vaccination rate worldwide. Cuba, one of the poorer countries in the world, ranks seventh on the list and has 85% of the population vaccinated. Fiji, which is also a low-income country, has achieved a vaccination rate of 68%, well ahead of wealthier countries like Switzerland, Israel and the United States.
Japan stands out as a prosperous country that lagged behind in 2021 but has really stepped up its vaccination efforts in recent months. About 78% of Japan is now vaccinated against Covid-19, up from just 49% back in September.
Germany also stands out in its recent efforts. The country has a large anti-vaccination population, but has managed to do relatively well in recent months. The vaccination rate against covid-19 in Germany was about 48% in July 2021, about the same as the vaccination rate in the US of 49% back then. But Germany has managed to vaccinate more than 71% of its population, while the US is currently stuck at 63%.
Below we have the current list of the top 65 most vaccinated countries in the world, all based on data from: Johns Hopkins University.
While most of the world is suffering from the current wave of the omicron variant right now, the US has been particularly hard hit, thanks in large part to the fact that there are such a large percentage of unvaccinated people.
The US reported 1,459,005 new cases on Monday, an exceptionally high number thanks to the weekend backlog, but the seven-day average for cases is still at an all-time high. The country is average 771,516 new cases every day and currently has 140,268 people hospitalized with Covid-19, an increase of 4,158 from a day earlier. The US also reported 2,235 new deaths.
Get vaccinated. Get a boost. That’s the way to make sure you’re protected from serious illness and death from a disease that’s been rocking the world for over two years now. And one day this will all be over. It has to be like this.
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