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More than 50 countries launch Covid-19 vaccination campaigns


#Around 50 countries around the world have already started vaccinating their people against #Covid-19, barely a year after the first alert by #China signalled the start of the epidemic.

A snapshot:

– #China leads the way –

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#China, where the pandemic first emerged, was also the first to start vaccinations over the summer, without waiting for a vaccine to be formally authorised but targeting the most vulnerable.

#To date nearly five million #Chinese people have been vaccinated. #Beijing on #Thursday granted “conditional” market approval to a #Sinopharm vaccine with a reported 79 percent efficacy rate against #Covid-19.

#Russia followed on #December 5, rolling out vaccinations for those considered high risk with its contentious #Sputnik V vaccine, which has since been approved in #Belarus and #Argentina, which launched their vaccination campaigns on #Tuesday.

#Algeria is set to follow them in #January.

– #Britain first in #West –

#Britain led the way in the #Western world, authorising the vaccine made by US-German pharma alliance #Pfizer-BioNTech. #Its vaccination campaign started on #December 8 and by #December 27 close to 950,000 people had received their jabs, according to official figures published #Thursday.

#Britain was also the first on #Wednesday to approve the coronavirus vaccine developed by #AstraZeneca and #Oxford #University. #It will be administered for the first time on #January 4.

#Canada and the #United #States started their vaccination drives on #December 14, #Switzerland on the 23rd, #Serbia the 24th, the vast majority of the #European #Union on #December 27, #Norway on #Sunday and #Iceland on #Tuesday. #All of them are using the #Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

The #United #States and #Canada are also the first two countries to have authorised the vaccine by US pharma company #Moderna, which is up for approval on #January 6 by the EU.

#Around 2.8 million #Americans have already been given their first dose of the #Covid-19 jab. #In the 27-nation EU #Germany has so far given the most injections, with more than 130,000 in five days.

– #Israeli target –

#In the #Middle #East, the #United #Arab #Emirates were the first to launch their vaccination campaign with doses of #China’s #Sinopharm, on #December 14 in the capital #Abu #Dhabi. #Dubai started its vaccinations on #December 23, using doses of #Pfizer-BioNTech.

#Saudi #Arabia and #Bahrain launched their campaigns on #December 17, #Israel two days later, #Qatar on the 23rd, #Kuwait the 24th, and #Oman on #December 27.

#All are solely using the #Pfizer- #BioNTech jab, except for #Bahrain which is also using #China’s #Sinopharm.

#Israel, which has set itself the ambitious goal of inoculating a quarter of its population in a month, has already injected nearly 800,000 people. #Bahrain has vaccinated nearly 60,000 and #Oman more than 3,000.

#Turkey, which has received doses of #China’s #Sinovac, will launch its vaccination drive in mid-January.

#In #Latin #America, #Mexico, #Chile and #Costa #Rica were the first to launch, on #December 24, jabs with the #Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

#In #Asia, #Singapore launched its campaign on #Wednesday with the same vaccine.

#Other countries on the #Asian continent however have decided to take their time: #India, #Japan and #Taiwan plan to begin vaccinations in the first quarter of 2021 and the #Philippines and #Pakistan in the second quarter, while #Afghanistan and #Thailand plan to start in mid-2021.

#In sub-Saharan #Africa and in #Oceania vaccinations have yet to take off. #But in #West #Africa #Guinea this week administered its first few doses of #Russia’s #Sputnik V on a trial basis.

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