How big a difference is there in the speed of vaccination?
In short, a lot.
Denmark, the fastest country off the mark in the European Union – where rollouts began on December 27th, had given the first vaccine dose to 2% of its population (115,932 people) by January 10th.
Based solely on population share that's ten times the percentage that France – where the government has been heavily criticised for its slow rollout – has managed to achieve. Denmark's SSI infectious diseases agency updates its vaccination statistics daily at 2pm here.
Italy is also pushing ahead rapidly, with 1.2% of the population (654,362 people) having already received the first dose. The country's latest vaccination data, both regional and national, is being continuously updated on this website.
Spain, Sweden and Germany have been slow but steady, with 0.87% (406,091), 0.78% (80,000) and 0.73% (688,782) of the population receiving a jab by January 10th/11th respectively. Spain's data is released here, Sweden's here, and Germany's here.
Norway, Austria, and France, are the laggards of the countries covered by The Local, vaccinating 0.38% (20,833), 0.33% (38,545) and 0.21% (138,351) of their populations respectively by January 10th/11th.
Norway's vaccination data is updated daily here, Austria's is updated in real time here, and France's here.
Switzerland has not yet provided national data on the number of people vaccinated although by the end of next week, it will have had 560,750 vaccination doses delivered, with which 4% of the population can be vaccinated.
All of the above still lie far behind the UK, however, which had managed to give the first dose to nearly 4% of the population – over 2.3 million people – by January 11th. The UK started vaccinating people on December 8th 19 days before EU countries.
Experts say 70 percent of a country's population must be inoculated against Covid-19 in order to end a pandemic that has wreaked social and economic havoc.
As of yet, there's no data on how many, if any of each country's population has received the second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine required to get full immunity. Pfizer-BioNTech recommend giving the second dose between 21 and 28 days after the first dose.