According to data collected by the media outlet, China, where the novel coronavirus was first identified in Wuhan a year ago, leads the international community in the number of doses of COVID-19 vaccine. administered, with more than a million recorded on Saturday.
At least 350,000 shots have so far been administered in the UK and 320,000 shots in Russia, the tracker said.
The data also shows that the United States, which dominates the world in reported coronavirus cases as well as deaths, received 211,086 shots administered on Saturday.
According to Bloomberg, residents of 38 US states received the shots.
Data collected by the outlet shows that Florida administered the most vaccines, with over 32,700 doses counted, followed by Texas, with more than 26,000 doses, and New York, with 19,000 doses.
The news comes a week after the first batch of COVID-19 vaccines developed by Pfizer and BioNTech were shipped across the U.S. Bloomberg noted that a second vaccine is to be given three weeks after a person has received the first dose.
Moncef Slaoui, chief scientist for the Trump administration’s vaccination initiative, said earlier this month that the federal government plans to have “about 40 million doses of vaccine available to us and distributed to the States. United by the end of this year ”.
“In total, we hope to have immunized 100 million people who would be people in long-term care facilities, the elderly with co-morbidities, front-line workers, healthcare workers,” Slaoui added to the time. “We will have vaccinated around 100 million people by the first quarter of 2021.”
The vaccine is 95% effective in warding off infection, according to clinical trials.
Distribution of the Moderna coronavirus vaccine, which received approval from the Food and Drug Administration last week, is also expected to begin this weekend.