The tiny European nation of Malta tops the list of the most vaccinated countries in the entire world. Over 80 per cent of the adult population in this beautiful Mediterranean island is fully vaccinated now—and yet, this is still not enough to keep COVID at bay.
Although Greece and Cyprus are not as high as Malta is, the two countries continue to be near or above the European average when it comes to vaccinations.
Approximately 52 per cent of the Greek population is now vaccinated with at least one dose, and 44 per cent have had both their doses or were vaccinated witha a single dose vaccine.
The data for Cyprus is a little higher, with 56 and 47 per cent respectively.
The 10 fully vaccinated countries in the world
The first on the list of fully vaccinated people is the small island nation of Malta in Europe, where almost eight out of every ten citizens are now fully vaccinated.
Iceland, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Bahrain come second, third and fourth respectively, with 68, 74, and 60 per cent of their populations being fully vaccinated.
Two more South American countries made it to the list, with Chile being fifth and Uruguay sixth.
Aruba, Israel, Qatar, and Mongolia are the four remaining nations to cover the 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th places respectively, with their percentages varying from 56 per cent for Mongolia to 59 per cent for Aruba, which is an island and a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in the mid-south of the Caribbean Sea.
The 10 vaccinated countries with at least one dose
Of course, fully vaccinated means that an individual should have taken both the doses of the vaccine, for those jabs that require two doses to provide full immunity against the COVID-19 disease.
Certain countries, however, have chosen a different path, delaying the second dose in order to vaccinate with at least one dose as many people as possible.
The most prominent example of this has been the United Kingdom.
The UK authorities decided that regardless of the vaccine, people were going to have their second dose three months after the first, in an attempt to provide -at least- partial immunity to as many people as possible.
This brings the UK really high on the list of those nations with vaccinated people, regardless of the fact that a great proportion of these is not fully vaccinated.
So, the UK stands eighth in the world, with 68 per cent of its entire population having received so far at least one dose of a vaccine.
Ahead of the UK, we see the nations of UAE, Malta, Iceland, Singapore, Uruguay, Canada, and Chile.
Qatar came 10th and the 9h place is taken by Belgium, the second EU member-state after Malta to make it to the top-10.
What could Malta teach us?
With case numbers having increased by more than 600 per cent in the past week, the smallest EU member-state announced recently a ban on visitors who are not themselves fully vaccinated, or who are not under-12s brandishing a negative PCR test while accompanying vaccinated parents.
This comes as a surprise, as one would assume that by having the vast majority of its population fully vaccinated, a country wouldn’t have to worry about new cases.
However, Malta shows the world that this is not the case.
Greece and Cyprus Among Most Vaccinated Countries
According to official data presented by the ‘‘Our World in Data” website, Cyprus currently stands 46th in the world and Greece 57th.
It has to be noted, though, that this list includes tens of overseas territories of countries such as the UK, the Netherlands, France, and the US. These isolated tiny islands appear to be high on the list, however, other international agencies and institutions do not include them on their lists, as they are officially parts of other major countries.
Now comparing Greece and Cyprus with the US, the UK, and Australia, the United Kingdom stands at 68.1 per cent of its population having received at least one dose of a vaccine.
The UK was among the first nations to roll out a comprehensive vaccination program early in 2021.
Cyprus comes next with 55.8 per cent of its population having received at least a dose.
The US follows with 55.5 per cent; with Greece showing a total of 52.1 per cent of its population having received at least one dose.
These figures show that both Cyprus and Greece are doing relatively well compared to major nations, not only in Europe but around the world.
The only exception here is Australia, which remains really low on the lists of vaccinations.
Thus far, the nation has only managed to vaccinate 28 per cent of its population, with only one in ten people being fully vaccinated so far.