Cuba Starts COVID-19 Inoculation Program

March 29, 2021
Killian Meara

The US has administered more than 143 million COVID-19 vaccinations.

Cuba has started their COVID-19 vaccination campaign, giving does of their homegrown shots to more than 150,000 frontline workers.

While most of the world has been reliant on a few vaccine producers, Cuba has created their own that have all shown promise and have advanced through 3 stages of clinical trials. The country says that it will eventually sell or donate their vaccines to other nations and will comply with all international regulations.

The African Union, a continental union consisting of 55 member states in Africa, is set to receive shipments of the Janssen one shot vaccine. The two reached a deal to supply up to 220 million doses beginning in the fall, with the option of acquiring an additional 180 million doses of the vaccine. This comes at a time when the African Union has been experiencing a slot rollout and an uptick in cases caused by novel variants.

Lastly, Nepal has received a donation of 800,000 vaccine doses from China in order to help them restart their vaccine campaign after an issue with shipment delays from India. The country has seen 277,000 COVID-19 cases with 3,027 deaths attributed to the virus. The country hopes these vaccines will help in their efforts to control the spread.

United States143.46 million42.9 per 100
China106.61 million7.41 per 100
India60.53 million4.39 per 100
United Kingdom33.68 million49.61 per 100
Brazil17.71 million8.33 per 100
Turkey14.65 million17.37 per 100
Germany12.87 million15.36 per 100
Russia10.6 million7.26 per 100
Indonesia10.43 million3.81 per 100
France10.39 million15.25 per 100

Data Table per Our World in Data (March 29, 2021, 12 AM EST)

In the United States, more states are expanding their vaccine eligibility to all adults starting this week. 6 states expanded on Monday, with others following Tuesday and Wednesday. The increased eligibility starts as case numbers have been increasing all over the country.

California17,335,01643.87 per 100
Texas10,941,96837.73 per 100
Florida9,271,00843.16 per 100
New York8,654,50444.48 per 100
Pennsylvania 5,795,55045.27 per 100
Illinois5,682,01144.84 per 100
Ohio5,074,71943.41 per 100
North Carolina4,549,83943.38 per 100
Michigan4,214,78742.20 per 100
New Jersey4,142,91646.64 per 100

Data Table per CDC COVID-19 Tracker (March 28, 2021, 6 AM EST)

For more information on COVID-19 vaccination research, distribution, and assessment, check out some of these recent Contagion stories:

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