KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 8 — Malaysia has the 10th highest rate of complete Covid-19 vaccination globally, with 77 per cent of its total population fully inoculated, according to a New York Times tracker.
About 80 per cent of Malaysia’s total population have been vaccinated with at least one dose.
Nine countries with the highest percentage of full Covid-19 vaccination were UAE (89 per cent), Portugal (87 per cent), Malta (85 per cent), Singapore (82 per cent), Chile (81 per cent), Cambodia (80 per cent), Spain (79 per cent), Qatar (78 per cent), and Iceland (77 per cent).
The US paper’s Covid-19 vaccination tracker also noted that about 1.5 per cent of Malaysia’s population have received an additional coronavirus vaccine dose. A total of 492,054 additional doses have been administered nationwide to date.
Malaysia is listed among just a handful of countries that have rolled out additional Covid-19 vaccine doses, ranked at 33rd of 44 nations.
Additional doses include both booster shots to fully vaccinated individuals to curb waning immunity, as well as extra doses for people who did not receive full protection from primary vaccination, such as the immunocompromised.
According to The New York Times, although 52.2 per cent of the global population have received at least one coronavirus vaccine dose, vaccination rates show stark gaps between countries.
While the majority of residents in developed countries like the United States, the United Kingdom, and Western Europe have been inoculated, less than 10 per cent of people in many African countries have received at least one dose.
The Times’ tracker uses data compiled from government sources by the Our World In Data tracking project at the University of Oxford.