One year ago, on March 17, 2020, I resurrected my blog with a focus on the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic.
Fast forward and the world is different. There is hope for a renewed future. For the first time in a long time, the world unites to fight the virus — in the form of vaccines.
As of today, over 381 million residents in 72 countries received vaccines manufactured by one of 10 companies. This represents almost 5% of the world’s population. Most vaccines require two doses. I received the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
The latest global data indicates 21% of U.S. residents are partially vaccinated and 12% (including me) are fully vaccinated. Israel has the largest share of vaccinated residents, with 59% partially and 48% fully. Its neighbor, Egypt, has the smallest share with less than 0.1% partially.
In time, as more vaccine manufacturers are approved for distribution and as more countries (and states and locations) receive supply, more people will hopefully sign up to receive doses.
Controversy always gets critics and naysayers. Vaccines are never universally accepted. However, I hope that a sufficient number of people around the world will choose vaccination as a first step to end the pandemic and eradicate the virus.