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Note: This map represents the total number of vaccines administered, not people vaccinated; Data: Our World in Data; Map: Danielle Alberti/Axios

About 150 million vaccine doses were administered globally over the past week, the highest weekly total yet and a jump from 130 million last week.

Breaking it down: In the U.S., daily vaccinations peaked in mid-April and fell sharply as demand waned, though they've ticked up over the past few days (46% of the population has at least one dose).

  • In China, daily vaccinations have more than doubled over the past month and are now on par with the U.S., adjusted for population, though there's still a big gap in the overall vaccination rate. China now accounts for around one-third of every vaccination administered worldwide each day.
  • The EU is now carrying out more daily vaccinations per 100 residents than both the U.S. and China, having shaken off a slow initial rollout (30% have one dose).
  • India's vaccination rate has slowed significantly over the last month due to supply shortfalls (10% have one dose).
  • Russia's domestic rollout is moving remarkably slow due to a combination of manufacturing issues, widespread hesitancy and an emphasis on exports (9% have one dose).
  • Japan's start has been even slower, due in part to a low sense of urgency, though the numbers have been ticking up over the past few days (3% have one dose).
  • Across Africa, an average of 397,000 doses is being administered per day. At that rate, it would take 11 years for 60% of the continent's population to be fully vaccinated (1% have one dose).

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Aug 21, 2021 - World

China adopts policy allowing married couples to have three children

Parents take their children for a walk on Wangfujing Commercial Street in Beijing. Photo: Sheldon Cooper/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

China on Friday amended its Population and Family Planning Law, allowing married couples to have a third child in order to counter a falling birth rate that has raised concerns about the country's economic future, AP reports.

Driving the news: The Chinese Communist Party had announced the policy change in May, after its National Bureau of Statistics reported the country's slowest population growth for over half a century.

Latin American countries begin offering booster shots

An Uruguayan who received Sinovac for his first two doses gets a Pfizer shot as a booster on Aug. 16. Photo: Ana Ferreira/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Chile, Uruguay and the Dominican Republic have begun vaccinating their citizens with a third dose of coronavirus immunizations as COVID-19 continues to ravage Latin America and the Caribbean.

Driving the news: Their experience bears watching now that the U.S. has determined booster shots will be needed around eight months after the first immunization period.

Aug 21, 2021 - World

India approves world's first DNA-based COVID-19 vaccine

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

India's drug regulator on Friday granted emergency approval to the world's first DNA-based coronavirus vaccine.

Driving the news: The three-dose, needle-free vaccine was developed by pharmaceutical company Zydus Cadila. The company added that it is also the first vaccine to be approved in the country for teens between the ages of 12 and 18.