Centralized COVID-19 Vaccine Drive Coming to India

The US is expected to fall just short of the goal of having 70% of adults vaccinated by July 4.

This article was originally published in ContagionLive.

India is set to introduce a centralized COVID-19 vaccination drive, providing doses for free to all states for individuals 18 and older.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on June 7 the program will begin on June 21 and all vaccine doses will be procured by the country’s federal government.

The program originally began on May 1, with the responsibility falling to the individual states. However, many states faced challenges because of a shortage of supplies. The hope is that a more centralized program will aid in the inoculation efforts.

In Germany, the government’s health ministry recently announced that all age groups eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine can now get 1.

Additionally, individuals aged 12 years and older can now get the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. Germany has so far administered 55 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines.

In the UK, more than half of the adult population has now received 2 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Since the start of the inoculation efforts, a total of 26,422,303 second doses have been administered. The government has also announced that a first dose will be offered to all adults by the end of July.

China

777.88 million

54.04 per 100

United States

301.64 million

90.19 per 100

India

228.04 million

16.52 per 100

Brazil

71.69 million

33.73 per 100

United Kingdom

67.99 million

100.16 per 100

Germany

54.24 million

64.74 per 100

France

40.06 million

59.29 per 100

Italy

38.18 million

63.15 per 100

Russia

30.71 million

21.04 per 100

Indonesia

28.77 million

10.52 per 100

Data Table per Our World in Data (June 6, 2021, 12 AM EST)

In the US, despite more than half of the adult population having received at least 1 dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, the country may not meet President Joseph Biden’s goal of 70% by July 4. Vaccination rates have been continually dropping, with just around 1% of adults a week receiving their first dose, the lowest since mid-February.

California

39,350,625

99.59 per 100

Texas

23,501,684

81.05 per 100

New York

20,014,885

102.88 per 100

Florida

19,159,212

89.20 per 100

Pennsylvania

12,875,076

100.57 per 100

Illinois

11,841,617

93.44 per 100

Ohio

10,065,745

86.11 per 100

New Jersey

9,286,153

104.54 per 100

Michigan

8,811,858

88.23 per 100

Virginia

8,554,280

100.22 per 100

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

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