After slow starts, some Asian vaccination rates now soaring

FILE - A nurse gives a shot of the Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine developed by Beijing Institute of Biological Products Co. Ltd. to an airport worker at a health station in Nantong in east China's Jiangsu province on Jan. 29, 2021. After slow starts, vaccination campaigns in several countries in the Asia-Pacific region now boast inoculation rates that rank among the world’s best. To date, about a dozen countries in the Asia-Pacific region have vaccinated more than 70% of their populations or are on the cusp of doing so, including Australia, China, Japan and Bhutan.