Coronavirus News Update – Nov. 14: Brazil Surpasses U.S. in Percentage of Fully Vaccinated People

By Paul Riegler on 14 November 2021
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Interior of Ibirapuera Auditorium in São Paulo

Brazil, a country with the highest death toll in the world from Covid, surpassed the United States in getting its population fully vaccinated.  This milestone occurred despite the fact that the government has continually dismissed the threat of the coronavirus and the president of the country, Jair Bolsonaro, refuses to get vaccinated, in a land where the populace faced shortages of Covid tests, face masks, and hospital beds.  The United States has only first hit the 59% mark for fully vaccinated individuals.

As part of a vaccination campaign at Vienna’s Schwechat Airport, almost 200 people received a mix of first, second, and third (booster) inoculations in an Austrian Airlines Boeing 777.  The campaign was undertaken in partnership with the Roten Kreuz NÖ, or Lower Austria Red Cross, and the airport.

Finally, since the start of vaccinations for children ages 5 through 11 in the United States, over 51,000 have gotten their first jabs, representing almost 10% of the city’s population in that age group.  The city has set up temporary vaccination sites at all public schools to facilitate the inoculations.  Almost 80% of children between the ages of 11 and 17 are at least partially vaccinated, Mayor Bill De Blasio reported Friday.

As of Sunday morning, the world has recorded 253.8 million Covid-19 cases and almost 5.1 million deaths, according to Worldometer, a service that tracks such information. In addition, 229.5 million people worldwide have recovered from the virus.

The average daily number of new coronavirus cases in the United States over the past 14 days is 80,410, an 11% increase.  The average daily death toll over the same period is 1,128, a change of -16% over the same period.

In addition, since the start of the pandemic the United States has, as of Sunday, recorded 47.9 million cases, a higher figure than any other country, and a death toll of 783,483. India has the world’s second highest number of officially recorded cases, over 34.4 million, and a death toll of 463,530, although experts believe that both numbers are in reality significantly higher.  Finally, Brazil has recorded the second highest number of deaths as a result of the virus, 611,255, and has seen over 21.9 million cases.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that, as of Sunday, 226.2 million people in the United States – or 68.1% – have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. Of that population, 58.7%, or 194.9 million people, are now fully vaccinated, and the total number of doses that have been dispensed in the United States is now 439 million. Breaking this down further, 81.2% of the population over the age of 18 – or 209.8 million people – has received at least a first inoculation and 70.5% of the same group – or 182 million people – is fully vaccinated.

Some 51.7% of the world population has received at least one dose of coronavirus vaccine, according to Our World in Data, an online scientific publication that tracks such information.  So far, 7.48 billion doses of the vaccine have been administered on a global basis.

Meanwhile, only 4.5% of people in low-income countries have received one dose, while in countries such as Canada, China, Denmark, France, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States, at least 65% of the population has received at least one dose of vaccine. In countries such as Ethiopia, Haiti, Syria, Senegal, Tanzania, and Uganda, for example, vaccination rates remain in the single digits, if not lower.

Figures from the World Health Organization show that well-off countries are vaccinating people at the rate of one person per second, while the majority of poor countries have yet to give a single dose to its citizens.

It is critical that the world do a better job of sharing vaccines with poorer nations.

Sharing vaccines is not merely a form of charity.  Rather, the equitable distribution of vaccines is in every country’s health and economic interest and no country will be able to move past the pandemic until other countries have recovered as well.

Jonathan Spira contributed to this story.

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