Canada passes United States in COVID vaccination rate – New York Daily News

The percentage of Canadians who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 surpassed that of the United States last week, according to a new report.

Data recorded Friday showed that 48.45% of Canadians were considered fully vaccinated, slightly topping the 48.05% that the U.S. had registered through the same date, the BBC reported.

The U.S. got off to a faster start with its vaccine distribution than Canada, but Canada began its robust increase by the end of March.

The data cited by the BBC also shows that 68% of Americans who are at least 18 years old have gotten one or two shots. Meanwhile, 80% of Canadians who are allowed to receive the inoculation have gotten at least one jab.

Talath Shams gets a Covid-19 vaccine in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, in May.

Talath Shams gets a Covid-19 vaccine in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, in May. (COLE BURSTON/AFP via Getty Images)

Both countries have experienced declining rates in the number of people receiving vaccinations recently, however.

The U.S. has reported more confirmed cases of COVID-19 than any other country since the start of the pandemic, with more than 34 million, and the most deaths, with more than 608,000.

Canada, meanwhile, has reported more than 1.4 million confirmed coronavirus cases, and more than 26,000 deaths.

The U.S. has a population of around 330 million, while Canada has about 38 million people.

Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recently said that U.S. citizens and permanent residents may be allowed to begin traveling into Canada again by mid-August if they are fully vaccinated.

The country introduced travel restrictions for the U.S. in March 2020.

Since last year, professional sports teams such as the MLB’s Toronto Blue Jays and the NBA’s Toronto Raptors have played their home games at U.S. venues instead of their typical arenas in Canada due to the pandemic.