US vaccination rate nearly five times faster than the world average
The U.S.’s vaccination rate has reached almost five times the world average, according to information released Sunday.
CNN first completed the analysis that concluded the U.S.’s vaccination speed compared to the world average.
In total, the U.S. has given out an average of about 3 million vaccine doses per day, reaching more than 900 shots per 100,000 people every day. The world average for vaccine doses per day is 16 million, amounting to 200 shots per 100,000 people every day.
The U.S. first gained its lead compared to the world average on Dec. 22, the same month the Food and Drug Administration approved the Pfizer-BioNTech and the Moderna vaccines in the U.S.
Health officials reported during a Monday briefing that nearly one-quarter of the American adult population is fully vaccinated, with 40.2 percent receiving at least one dose.
Our World in Data measures doses as a single administration of a shot, meaning it may not equal the number of people who have been vaccinated since some vaccines, including both Moderna and Pfizer, require two shots.
About 20 countries have been administering COVID-19 vaccines for 100 days or longer, including the U.S., according to CNN. But the U.S. has vaccinated a larger portion of its population than most countries that have for a similar time period.
In the U.K., 8 percent of the population is fully vaccinated, and in Canada, about 2 percent of the population has received all necessary doses of the vaccine. Other countries like Israel and Chile have seen more success fully vaccinating larger portions of their populations.
On Monday, 12 new states opened up vaccines to all Americans over 16, bringing the U.S.’s total to 33.
The increasing access aligns with President Biden’s administration’s goal of allowing the vaccine to be available to 90 percent of adults by April 19. Biden has called for all adults to have access by May 1.