NOW ON A GLOBAL SCALE more than five billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered worldwide.
This according to AFP's tally of official sources as of Wednesday midnight Korea time.
It took roughly 140 days to surpass the first billion doses mark but the third, fourth, and fifth billion marks only took about a month each to pass.
As for a breakdown China accounted for nearly 40 percent of the shots next up, India and the U.S. with 589 million and 363 million respectively.
The United Arab Emirates stand at number one in the rankings for the highest percentage of doses given with 179 doses per 100 people in the country.
On the other hand, the data showed that poorer countries are still suffering from vaccine inequity despite efforts by COVAX to ease the problem.
High-income countries, as defined by the World Bank, administered an average of 111 doses per 100 inhabitants compared with just 2.4 doses in low-income countries.
That's all from me for now, back to Mark in the studio.