The U.S. has fully vaccinated more than 45% of its population against COVID-19, but a much smaller percentage of the global population is in the same boat. Only 10% of the world’s population has been fully vaccinated, equalling around 782 million people worldwide.
Twenty-three percent of the world population has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, according to Our World in Data.
The low percentage can be chalked up to global inequality in access to vaccines. The U.S. has a fairly high percentage of vaccinations, but only about 28% of people in Europe are fully vaccinated, compared to about 11% in South America and 8% in Asia.
Only 0.9% of people in low-income countries have received at least one dose, and high-income countries are averaging a 45% rate.
Africa has by far the lowest vaccination rate of any continent, with only a small percentage of its population vaccinated against COVID-19. Only 1% of Africa’s population has been vaccinated. The continent could be facing a devastating new wave of COVID-19 cases, thanks to new variants.
In a June 22 briefing, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky declared that adult deaths from COVID-19 are now entirely avoidable, thanks to the vaccines.
The U.S. passed 600,000 COVID-19 deaths in June, according to a New York Times report, nearly all of which occurred among people who never received a vaccine.
The World Health Organization recently listed the delta variant of COVID-19 as a “variant of concern,” as it is about 60% more transmissible than the original coronavirus.
Studies have indicated that the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are doing well at protecting against the delta variant, while the Johnson & Johnson vaccine appears somewhat less effective.
In the U.S., the delta variant is spreading so fast it could become the most dominant strain in July.
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