Among the countries that have started inoculation, the Pfizer / Biontech vaccine is the most popular

At least 45 countries began administering COVID-19 vaccines as of January 6, a rapid increase from just eight countries a fortnight ago. While most countries that have started vaccination campaigns have prioritized frontline workers, many have included the elderly and clinically vulnerable groups.

Bahrain has adopted a universal vaccination policy. After Israel and the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain administered the highest number of doses relative to its population. The Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine is the most popular among the list of approved candidates.

Vaccination policy

The table ranks the countries according to which of the three groups – essential workers, elderly and clinically vulnerable – were chosen to receive the vaccine first.

While in Singapore vaccination is only available for one group, in India all three groups were chosen. In the UAE, some members outside of the three groups are also eligible.

* According to the Center, the vaccination will begin on January 16.

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Regular climb

The graph shows the number of countries where at least one person has been vaccinated, as of December 8, 2020. As of January 6, 45 of these countries have been added to the list.

Read also: Towards an effective vaccine distribution policy

Doses administered

The graph shows the number of doses of vaccine administered per 1 lakh of inhabitants in a country. The graph does not represent the number of people, but the number of doses administered.

The manufacturers

The table lists the different vaccines and the countries that administer them. The Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine is the most widely administered, with more than 30 countries using it. India will be the second country after the UK to use the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, produced here under the name Covishield.

Source: Policy data from Oxford Coronavirus Government Response Tracker; Our world in data

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