COVID vaccination pace finally heading in the right direction

To be sure, there’s a long way to go. The U.S. has only given first doses to about 3% of the population, well short of the most ambitious estimates as to what it would take for herd immunity, let alone the 80%-85% Anthony Fauci standard.

However, as this chart from Our World in Data shows, things have definitely been trending in the right direction over the past week, with daily doses administered having more than doubled. Finally, an upward sloping curve to get excited about.

But even this chart understates the progress, because it’s the 7-day average, which is at over 700,000. On Wednesday, the U.S. hit 951,000. That’s great news considering the Trump administration’s target of about 30 million a month and Biden’s goal of 100 million doses in 100 days would come out to about one million per day.