SL tops vaccine rollout for two days
By Dilanthi Jayamanne
Sri Lanka topped vaccine rollout based on a seven-day average per 100 people in the total population for the second consecutive day according to ‘Our World in Data’.
Accordingly, the country’s average rose from 0.93 of administering the coronavirus vaccine, to 1.43 per cent on Tuesday (27). Our World in Data notes that by Wednesday (28) it rose to 1.51 per cent and by Thursday (29) it upped to an average of 1.78 per cent of rolling vaccine doses per 100 people.
The daily COVID-19 vaccine rollout for the seven–day average per 100 people of Sri Lanka’s total population on 20 May and 16 June 2021 showed a minor increase of 0.27 per cent and 0.43 per cent respectively owing to the travel restrictions that were in place.
By early July however a steady increase of inoculation was reported by the Our World in data. It shows that the average vaccination per 100 people in the total population of 22 million has steadily increased. The average inoculation which was at 0.57 by 8 July 2021 increased to 1.29 per cent. However a minor drop has been seen 24 July 2021 when the average fell to 0.93 per cent. However, it has shown a gradual increase since where the average vaccine rollout per 100 people increased from 1.25 per cent on 26 July 2021 to 1.51 per cent on 28 July 2021.
Our World in Data mapping out the population that has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Thursday (29) noted that while European countries such as Germany, France, Sweden, United Kingdom, Canada, and United States of America, had been able to vaccinate 51.1 per cent, 46.7 per cent, 40.8 per cent, 55.7 per cent and 58per cent respectively South East Asian countries like India, Sri Lanka, Bhutan and Pakistan and Bangladesh have been able to administer both doses of the vaccine only to 7.2 per cent, 9.3 per cent,
61.7 per cent, 2.7 per cent and 2.6 per cent of their total population respectively.
According to the Epidemiology Unit’s data 1,677,924 have been fully vaccinated while 1,251,150 have been administered with a single dose of the coronavirus jab.