torsdag 22. april 2021

Coronavirus: China and US reach 200 million vaccine shots but Beijing up against tight supply

The number of Covid-19 vaccine doses administered by China has topped 200 million, despite supply shortages threatening the country’s goal of giving shots to over half a billion people by July. The milestone was marked by health officials on Wednesday, the same day US President Joe Biden celebrated reaching 200 million vaccine doses administered in America within his first 100 days in office – double his initial target.

By the end of Wednesday, the US had given more than 215 million doses, according to the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, putting it just ahead of China as the country to have administered the most doses, according to a Bloomberg tally. These landmark events come as governments around the world struggle to get enough supplies to protect their populations and the pandemic accelerates, with the World Health Organization reporting on Monday a record high in new weekly infections.