Welcome to our new COVID-19 vaccine data tracker
The worldwide battle against COVID-19 has moved to its next phase as vaccines are rolled out across the globe. Most countries now face the enormous logistical challenge of vaccinating enough people so that spread of the virus can be stopped and life can return to normal.
This fresh battleground means a whole new set of data to follow, so our visual stories and data teams have launched a new vaccine data tracker to show you the progress countries are making in vaccinating their citizens. And just like the COVID-19 data centre we launched last April, this vaccine data centre will be continuously upgraded and tweaked.
We are also planning to create a pane on the dashboard dedicated to Australia’s progress once the rollout begins here. We’ve decided to use the total number of people fully vaccinated as our main metric of success rather than the number of doses administered.
That means at the moment the dashboard somewhat understates the level of progress worldwide, because most vaccines require two doses at least one month apart to achieve their optimum efficacy and, as of today, the pace of progress worldwide means most people who have started their course have not yet received their second shot.
As many world leaders have said, the fight against the virus is a marathon, not a sprint, so we have opted to wait until people are fully vaccinated rather than overstating this progress early in the campaign.
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