Northern Ireland's vaccine roll-out ranked 7th best in world, while Ireland's ranks 27th
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Northern Ireland's vaccine roll-out ranked 7th best in world, while Ireland's ranks 27th

NORTHERN IRELAND'S Covid-19 vaccine roll-out is among the very best in the world, according to a new report.

It's no secret that the UK's vaccination programme has moved swiftly. More than 21 million people have received their jabs, which is around 31.4 doses per 100 people.

Northern Ireland's roll-out has been a little slower than their British neighbours, with just 30.3 doses given out per 100 people.

Wales, which is judged to have the world's third best vaccine roll-out, has given out 33.2 doses per 100 people. England has given out 32 doses per 100 people, while Scotland has given out 31.5 doses per 100 people.

By comparison, Ireland's vaccination roll-out has been spinning its wheels, but compared with the rest of the world, it has by no means been slow.

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At the time of writing, just over 435,000 people in Ireland have received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine. That's roughly 8.8 doses per 100 people.

As many as 26 countries have vaccination programmes which rank higher than Ireland's.

In the report,  vaccine programmes are judged based on the number of doses given out by each nation, compared with their total population.

Israel leads the way with 8.3 million total vaccinations, meaning that they've dished out 96.1 doses of the vaccine per 100 people.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is second on the list with 61.6 doses per 100 people, followed thereafter by each of the British nations.

The United States, which is ranked ninth on the list, has dished out a whopping 78.6 million vaccinations, but this accounts for just 23.5 doses per 100 people.

The likes of the Maldives, Serbia, Chile, Malta, Bahrain, Barbados, Denmark, Turkey, Morocco, Hungary, Iceland, Lithuania, Switzerland, Greece, Norway, Singapore and Poland are all judged to have had 'better' vaccine roll-outs than Ireland thus far, but Ireland is still among the leading nations in Europe.

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The European Union average is just 7.8 doses per 100 people, and Ireland's roll-out is significantly better than the likes of Spain (8.4 doses per 100 people), Germany (7.9), Sweden (7.9), Italy (7.6) and France (6.9).