Map Reveals Which Countries Are On Track to Have 70% of Its People Vaccinated By Mid-2022

Our World In Data

Last year, President Joe Biden had a goal of having 70% of the United States population vaccinated by the 4th of July in 2021. Anheuser-Busch even partnered with the President on that goal by introducing the campaign “Get a Shot, Get a Beer.” It turns out that free beer wasn’t enough motivation for the United States population to reach the President’s goal. 

Over half a year later, the United States still hasn’t reached the 70% goal, and it looks like we’re not going to meet that goal in the near future either.

In October, the World Health Organization (WHO) set a goal of having 70% of the population in every country in the world vaccinated by mid-2022. Our World in Data has been crunching the numbers, and according to their data, more than 100 countries, including the United States, are not on track to meet that goal. Other countries that are not expected to meet that goal include most of Africa, Jamaica, Sri Lanka, the Bahamas, Romania, Turkey, the Ukraine, and Poland. In all, there are about 100  countries that are not expected to have 70% of their population fully vaccinated by mid-2022.

On the flip side, there are multiple countries that have already reached the 70% vaccination goal. These countries include multiple Europian countries including France and Germany as well as other countries around the world such as Canada, Argentina, Australia, Japan, China and South Korea. In all though, there are less than 50 countries who already have 70% of their population fully vaccinated.

Many more countries are on track to meet the 70% goal by mid-2022. These countries include Brazil, Mexico, Russia, India, Indonesia, Congo, Greece and the United Kingdom.

In order to determine whether or not a country is likely to meet the 70% vaccination goal by mid-2022, Our World in Data researchers explained, “For each country, we calculate the current vaccination rate as the average number of people who received their second vaccine dose per day, over the last 14 days. We then assume that this recent vaccination rate remains constant for the remainder of the period. By adding this expected share to the share of the population that have already been fully vaccinated, we project what share of people will be fully vaccinated July 1, 2022.”

Although the predictions may be fairly accurate, researchers admitted that there is room for error. They did not take into consideration vaccine shortages or a potential increase or decrease in vaccination rates.

Does it surprise you that the United States population is not expected to be 70% vaccinated for Covid-19 before mid-2022?