The Red Cross has named the tiny Pacific country of Palau as the country with the highest number of Covid vaccinations by percentage of population to encourage adoption
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The country with the highest percentage of people who received Covid vaccinations was named to encourage other countries to speed up their adoption.
An impressive 99 percent of the population over the age of 12 in the tiny Pacific country of Palau have had Covid vaccination, the Red Cross said – putting them at the top as the nation with the most vaccinations.
Palau is an archipelago of 500 islands in the western Pacific Ocean, but despite its remoteness, it’s at the forefront with its vaccination program.
Population size will have had an impact, however, as there are only 16,152 people in Palau.
The Red Cross released the country with the most vaccinations to encourage nations to accelerate their rollout, with Palau rising to the top.
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Last month, Portugal topped the list with 80 percent of the 10 million people vaccinated.
In Western Europe, Portugal still leads the way with 86.4 percent of people vaccinated, while UK adoption has slowed and 66.3 percent of the population have had a vaccination.
Palau isn’t the only one among Pacific countries that has seen high rollouts, but there are many that are lagging behind – including small countries.
Less than 10 percent of the 650,000 people in the Solomon Islands or 119,000 people in Kiribati have been vaccinated, the Red Cross said. In Papua New Guinea, less than 1 percent of the population has been stabbed, according to Our World in Data.
In the UK, there has been a surge in Covid infections among children, which has helped them leave the country with the highest case numbers and deaths in Western Europe.
A lack of vaccinations for children is cited as the reason for these worrying rates.
After one of the fastest vaccine rollouts in the world, other countries have now caught up with the UK.
France, which has vaccinated more children than the UK, is among the countries with a higher proportion of the total vaccinated population.
Dr. Jenny Harries, General Manager of the UK Health Authority, said: “These data show that while our vaccination program continues to make a big difference, the pandemic is not over.
“While the cases remain high, the vaccination program ensures that this does not lead to a similar number of hospitalizations and deaths.
“We urge everyone to get vaccinated. It’s the best way to reduce transmission and protect ourselves and our loved ones. “
Official data shows that as of Monday (October 11), only 12 percent of 12-15 year olds in England had been vaccinated. The proportion of 16 and 17 year olds was 57 percent.