Italy and Spain, two countries highly dependent on tourism, have significantly accelerated vaccination rates in recent weeks. Il Sole24 ore went that Italy was ranked among the first countries in Europe for the percentage of the population that has been fully vaccinated, along with Spain, according to data from Our World In Data of the University of Oxford, being above the European average.
Italy hopes to administer 17 million doses in May and 20 million in June, in order to vaccinate everyone on the eve of the tourist season, “liberating” everyone, to pave the way for the recovery of the economy, which has a dependency high from tourism.
According to the data of the site (updated on May 22) in Europe 13.1% of the population has completed the cycle, while in Italy are 15.75% and in Spain 16.8%, followed by France (14.2%) and Germany (13.1%). Among the countries that have received at least one dose, Germany leads the “ranking” of the European Union with 39.1%, while Italy has vaccinated 33.5% of the population. The European average is at 28%.
Across Europe, the United Kingdom continues to lead, with almost 60% of the population receiving at least one dose and over 30% being fully vaccinated. After the United Kingdom, Hungary and Serbia are ranked for total vaccination.
Globally, the graphs show large changes in vaccination rates, with Israel, the UK and the US far ahead of other western countries and over 50% of the population covered by at least one dose. Brazil and India, which are among the countries most affected by the pandemic, have 18% and 10% of the population receiving at least one dose, respectively, while many African countries have not given a single dose.
Albania, among the last in Europe
Vaccination rates have slowed in Albania in recent weeks, although the opposite was expected to happen with the advent of tourism. According to Our World in Data, nearly 9% of the population has been fully vaccinated, while about 8% have received only one dose, leaving about 17% of the population to have received at least one dose. Albania surpasses in vaccination rates only the countries of the region (except Serbia) and the countries of the former Soviet Union (see graph).
According to the official data of the Ministry of Health, a total of about 725 thousand doses of vaccines have been administered in the country (Of these, 249,898 citizens have received both doses of antiCOVID vaccine), while the plan is for their number to reach 1 million by May. Vaccination rates have slowed in the past two weeks due to the lack of Chinese vaccine, which is administered to most vaccinated. After the doses arrived, the process resumed normally. 475 thousand people in the country have received at least one dose of the vaccine by May 24, half of whom have already been fully vaccinated./Monitot