China, Other Asian Countries Vaccinate Against Covid-19 Faster Than Ever - (The Wall Street Journal via NewsPoints Desk)

  • COVID-19 vaccine rollouts have accelerated in many Asia-Pacific countries in recent weeks, overtaking the pace of doses being administered in Western nations, The Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday.

  • China accounts for around half of the world's 33 million COVID-19 doses administered every day, while Japan and Australia, adjusted for population, are currently administering more doses daily than the US or Israel.

  • Around 75% of the world's daily vaccinations are now administered in Asia, up from around 50% weeks ago.

  • South Korea has surpassed its initial target of vaccinating a quarter of its 52 million people by June after receiving orders of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, and is on track to administer a dose to 70% of its population by September.

  • Six weeks ago Japan had administered a dose to 2% of its population and South Korea had administered a dose to 6% of its population, but now the shares of vaccinated people have risen to 16% and 29%, respectively.

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