More people already vaccinated than total confirmed cases

The virus has killed at least 2.26 million people globally

More people are now vaccinated against Covid-19 than have been infected by the virus, but despite the landmark data, it remains unclear how long it will take to vaccinate the world, Reuters reported citing latest data. Many of those vaccinated have received only one of two doses required.

A total of 104.9 million vaccine doses have been administered, according to University of Oxford-based Our World in Data here and the latest data from the US-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention here. The total vaccinated now exceeds the 104.1 million Covid-19 cases of infection in a Reuters global tracker here.

Covid-19 infections here are still rising in 44 countries and the virus has killed at least 2.26 million people globally, according to the Reuters tracker. Health experts are racing to vaccinate as many as possible in the face of new variants that are more contagious. Israel leads the world, having administered enough vaccine doses for 28% of its population, assuming every person needs two doses, according to Our World in Data.

World Health Organisation Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus appealed on Tuesday for greater cooperation between nations to achieve worldwide vaccination at a scale needed to end the pandemic. “Despite the growing number of vaccine options, current manufacturing capacity meets only a fraction of global need,” he wrote in Foreign Policy magazine.

Rich countries squabbling over COVID-19 vaccine supplies must consider the situation in poorer parts of the world, the WHO said last week, warning that hoarding of shots “keeps the pandemic burning.”

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