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Over 2 billion COVID vaccinations given worldwide

Medical staff prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine against COVID-19 at a vaccination center in Versailles, France on May 29, 2021. (Stephane de Sakutin/AFP)
Medical staff prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine against COVID-19 at a vaccination center in Versailles, France on May 29, 2021. (Stephane de Sakutin/AFP)

PARIS, France — More than two billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been given across the world, according to an AFP tally Thursday drawn from official sources.

The milestone comes six months after the first vaccination campaigns against COVID-19 began.

At least 2,109,696,022 shots have been given in 215 countries and territories, according to the count from an AFP database taken at 0915 GMT.

Israel, which has led the race from the start, has seen nearly six in 10 people vaccinated, and is set to start vaccinating ages 12-15.

It is followed by Canada (59 percent of the population have had at least one shot), the United Kingdom (58.3%), Chile (56.6%) and the United States (51%).

Six out of 10 of the injections have been administered in the world’s three most populous countries — China (704.8 million doses), the US (296.9 million) and India (221 million).

Nearly four out of 10 people in the European Union have had at least one shot, with Germany leading with 43.6%, followed by Italy (40%) and France and Spain at 39.4%.

Only six countries in the world have not yet started vaccinating — North Korea, Haiti, Tanzania, Chad, Burundi and Eritrea.

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