There are more than 150 potential COVID-19 vaccines at different stages of development around the world. On December 2, the UK became the first Western country to authorize a Covid-19 vaccine. The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine was granted emergency authorization by British regulators.
On December 9, 2020, the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine was authorized in Canada. Moderna vaccine was approved on December 23 in Canada.
Health Canada says it still needs more information before it can make a decision on the AstraZeneca-Oxford COVID-19 vaccine — news that came after the United Kingdom became the first country to authorize the vaccine.
Meanwhile, China has assured Pakistan that Beijing will provide more than one million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to Islamabad for emergency use. According to the Washington Post, thousands of Pakistanis, from college students to retirees, have volunteered to be test subjects in coronavirus vaccine trials at five urban hospitals. Since September, about 13,000 of 18,000 volunteers have participated in trials for a Chinese vaccine made by CanSino Biologics. According to the news, health officials hope to finish the trials and start distributing vaccines by March 2020.
India has formally approved the emergency use of two coronavirus vaccines as it prepares for one of the world’s biggest inoculation drives. The regulatory authority gave the green light to the jabs developed by AstraZeneca with Oxford University and by a local firm.
Brazil’s health regulator Anvisa said late on Saturday it had approved the import of 2 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford. Brazil has recorded the second-deadliest outbreak of COVID-19 after only the United States.
To understand the scale of protection against the virus, it is crucial to track COVID-19 vaccination rates, and how this is distributed across the global population. A global, aggregated database on COVID-19 vaccination rates is essential to monitor progress, but it is unfortunately not yet available.
The following map and chart show the number of COVID-19 vaccination doses administered per 100 people within a given population. Note that this is counted as a single dose, and may not equal the total number of people vaccinated, depending on the specific dose regime (e.g. people receive multiple doses).
The following chart shows the total number of COVID-19 vaccination doses administered. Note that this is counted as a single dose, and may not equal the total number of people vaccinated, depending on the specific dose regime (e.g. people receive multiple doses).
This article was published on January 3, 2021. For up to date information, please follow up on the latest information from your relevant health authorities.