Just a few months ago, the United States was far ahead of Canada in its COVID-19 vaccination rate.
No longer. Now, compared to Americans, a higher proportion of Canadians are fully vaccinated, in 49.1 percent in comparison with 48.5 percent in the U.S. This is a sharp change from three months ago when the United States, with a huge advantage thanks to the greater availability of vaccines, had a population of about ten times more likely to be fully vaccinated.
The numbers are even worse for the United States than the latest milestone suggests. Unlike the United States, Canada delayed the administration of second vaccine injections so that more people could receive the first doses more quickly. That meant that Canada had already surpassed the United States in the proportion of its population that has received at least one injection of a vaccine. Almost 80 percent of eligible Canadians have already received a first dose. In the United States, that number has stagnated at around 65 percent.
The results of Canada’s most effective vaccination campaign are likely to be reflected in the infection numbers. Less than 1 out of 100,000 Canadians test positive on a normal day. That rate continues to decline despite the spreading Delta variant contributing to more infections worldwide.
South of the border, it is a different story. The daily infection rate in the United States is now nearly ten times higher than in Canada, with a daily average of new infections exceeding 30,000 for the first time in two months. Case counts continue to rise.
What explains the rapidly emerging difference? For one thing, Canada’s political and media landscape is much less polarized than that of the US, according to yahoo news, which helped the country to establish what was investigated identified as “a unique period of inter-party consensus” dating back to the early days of the coronavirus crisis. Canadians have faced less misinformation about the virus and vaccines. In fact, polls suggest that nearly 90% of Canadians want a coronavirus vaccine, a level of enthusiasm that should leave Canadians far more protected than people living in regions of the US laden with vaccine rejects.