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COVID-19 Surge in Japan Drives Mass Vaccination Efforts

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In Japan, a recent surge of COVID-19 has caused many hospitals in the country to become overwhelmed. The jump in cases has caused a shortage of beds, equipment and medical staff, raising concerns about treatment for more severe cases. This has led to a drive for mass vaccination, as the inoculation efforts up until this point have been slow. Only 1.9% of Japan’s population has been fully vaccinated.

In Australia, medical experts have raised concerns over a troubling amount of vaccine hesitancy in the country. A recent survey showed that about 1/3 of the population reported that they were unlikely to get vaccinated. Australia has had one of the slowest vaccine rollouts in the developed world, but shots have picked up in recent weeks.

In England, more than 50 million vaccine shots have been administered. First shots have been given to 31,546,846 adult, with 18,699,556 having had both. Experts have stated that this is great news and inoculation efforts are right on pace. England recently allowed people aged 32 and 33 to become eligible for a vaccine.

China

527.25 million

36.63 per 100

United States

286.89 million

85.78 per 100

India

194.17 million

14.07 per 100

United Kingdom

60.97 million

89.81 per 100

Brazil

58.57 million

27.55 per 100

Germany

45.4 million

54.19 per 100

France

32.8 million

48.55 per 100

Italy

31.37 million

51.88 per 100

Russia

26.8 million

18.37 per 100

Indonesia

24.83 million

9.08 per 100

Data Table per Our World in Data (May 24, 2021, 12 AM EST)

The White House has stated that it expects the country to reach the 50% mark of adults who were fully vaccinated on Tuesday. This new milestone means that around 131 million adults are completely inoculated, reaching closer to President Biden’s goal of 160 million by July 4th.

California

37,218,236

94.19 per 100

Texas

22,260,158

76.77 per 100

New York

18,941,008

97.36 per 100

Florida

18,217,092

84.81 per 100

Pennsylvania

12,177,301

95.12 per 100

Illinois

11,306,682

89.22 per 100

Ohio

9,666,535

82.69 per 100

New Jersey

8,803,139

99.10 per 100

Michigan

8,474,785

84.85 per 100

Virginia

8,070,591

94.55 per 100

Data Table per CDC COVID-19 Tracker (May 24, 2021, 6 AM EST)

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