Portugal surpasses the USA in population with complete vaccination


José Coelho / Lusa

USA currently lives a plateau in its vaccination process, with just over half a million citizens being vaccinated daily. The slowdown in the rate of inoculations is attributed to the population’s personal motivations and, in some cases, they are a repetition of phenomena already seen during the polio vaccination campaign.

Portugal surpassed the United States in the number of vaccines administered by reaching, this weekend, the mark 50.5% of its population with complete vaccination. Despite having started the inoculation process a few weeks apart, the two countries had very different amounts of doses in relation to the different processes for purchasing vaccines — in the case of European countries, the purchase was centralized by the European Commission and the sending of the doses took place progressively.

Portugal now has 50.5% of its population fully inoculated against covid-19 and 15.8% with a dose of the vaccine. On June 25, Portugal administered 112.56 doses per 100 inhabitants. The United States of America have 48.75% of its population vaccinated with the two doses and 7.60% with just one.

With regard to the pace of vaccination, this has been slowing down after the marks reached in the first months of the presidency of Joe Biden.

The reasons for this trend are unclear and authorities often attribute them to personal decisions. O The Guardian appointment or case of Yolette Bonnet, aged 60, who got vaccinated last week. A case like others, were it not for Yolette a health professional, who was given the chance to receive the vaccine in December.

Yolette, an African American, chose not to do so because she was first hopeful that the pandemic miraculously disappear and, second, for skepticism in relation to the American medical apparatus, known for the systemic racism. Now, and after being confronted with countless cases of children at death’s door for having contracted the disease, like Yolette herself, she has finally decided to get vaccinated.

The incentives her two daughters, her husband and the medical team where she works. As the British title writes, these are “complex and highly personal decisions” who are calling into question the success of the vaccination process in the United States, at a time when the Delta variant is already dominant.

The US has been living a plateau in your vaccination process, with just over half a million Americans receiving their doses daily.

For now, these reticences have not yet manifested themselves in a serious way in the number of hospitalizations or deaths — with specialists putting aside a scenario like the one experienced in the previous winter. Still, a peak, with 60 thousand daily cases, is taken for granted in the fall.

In addition to personal motivations, the US is currently living a period marked by delay in the distribution process of vaccines, compared to months like April, when more than three million people were vaccinated a day. This delay should also aggravate inequalities in the territories with the highest levels of vaccination, in the north and east of the country.

In fact, in the United States, communities with lower levels of vaccination tend to poorer, rural and inhabited by minorities. In the case of the south of the country, there is still a historic disinvestment in public health. At the same time, politics is also a factor—perhaps the most controversial—to consider, as Democratic party voters are also more likely to get vaccinated compared to Republicans.

Ultimately, some of the factors that are preventing Americans from vaccinating against covid-19 had been seen in the past, when polio vaccination campaigns were being implemented in the late 1990s.

At this rate — given the slowdown trend seen over the past two weeks — states like Idaho, Montana or North Dakota will only have 70% of their population vaccinated in the country. fall 2022.

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