Two charts show how vaccination is going and why it is so important. This first shows how we are progressing. Unless you have been living under a rock, you probably know this is only just accelerating now. But the main purpose of this post is to include this figure as context, not a conclusion in itself. The second chart shows the case fatality rate, and how fast this is dropping for the countries with high rates of vaccination.
I've removed a few of the countries in the middle. It's well worth mousing over the chart to explore specific data tracks and points. If you look at the most recent points you see that in high-vaccination countries case fatality rates are now well under 1%. Not all of this is due to vaccination, there have been some advances in treatment too, but most of it is due to vaccination - a fact you can explore yourself by examining the relatively poorer performance of the countries with COVID-19 in the community with low rates of vaccination. Taiwan, for example, was, like us, quite successful at early control measures - although higher than us, their vaccination efforts are still slow when compared to say Canada or the UK, and case fatality rates are high.
On a personal note I am really looking forward to my first jab on Wednesday.