China Hits 1 Billion COVID-19 Vaccines Administered


Africa sees third wave as only 1% of the population is fully vaccinated.

This article was originally published in ContagionLive.

China has officially passed the 1 billion dose mark for COVID-19 vaccinations administered, becoming 1 of the world’s fastest inoculation efforts.

Despite the high number of doses given out, the country is still remaining very strict with its elimination efforts.

The borders are still mostly closed off to international travel, and social distancing measures are still being strongly enforced in some areas.

China has also been offering millions of its vaccines to other countries, but many places, like Brazil, are refusing the shot in hopes of getting Pfizer or Moderna’s vaccine.

In Cuba, officials are reporting that their homegrown COVID-19 vaccine, Soberana 2, is showing promising results.

On Saturday, results from a late-phase trial were reported, showing the vaccine to be 62% effective with 2 out of its 3 recommended doses.

The country has shunned foreign-made vaccines, putting all of their hopes in their own. Cuba has partnered with Iran, which has also boycotted foreign made vaccines.

The Philippines has recently agreed to purchase 40 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, which will provide a significant boost to the country which has been struggling with infections.

The order is set to be delivered through the third and fourth quarter of 2020.

Since the start of the pandemic, the Philippines has seen over 1.35 millions COVID-19 infections, with 23,500 deaths.


1.03 billion

71.51 per 100

United States

317.97 million

95.07 per 100


274.29 million

19.88 per 100


86.96 million

40.91 per 100

United Kingdom

74.3 million

109.45 per 100


66.45 million

79.32 per 100


48.21 million

71.36 per 100


46.02 millio

76.11 per 100


35.28 million

12.9 per 100


34.9 million

23.92 per 100

Data Table per Our World in Data (June 20, 2021, 12 AM EST)

In the United States, Rochelle Walensky, the director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, warned on Friday that the Delta variant is soon likely to become the dominant strain in the country. The more transmissible variant is likely to spread throughout the unvaccinated population.



104.97 per 100



86.22 per 100

New York


109.03 per 100



95.34 per 100



106.31 per 100



99.22 per 100



89.74 per 100

New Jersey


111.18 per 100



92.51 per 100



105.73 per 100

Data Table per CDC COVID-19 Tracker (June 20, 2021, 6 AM EST)

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