Graph reveals NZ's rapidly increasing COVID-19 daily vaccine rate overtaking US, UK, Australia

A new graph shows how New Zealand's slow COVID-19 vaccine rollout has managed to overtake the US, UK and Australia in daily vaccinations.

Our World in Data has released data tracking the number of daily COVID-19 vaccine doses administered per 100 people per country.

It shows the rolling seven-day average per 100 people in the total population.

One graph, which features the daily vaccination rates of Australia, UK, US, Canada, the World and New Zealand shows Aotearoa's rapid increase in our vaccine rollout.

Canada, the US and UK's daily vaccine rates take off in December 2020 while Australia and New Zealand are quite far behind, only joining the graph in February 2021.

In April, the United States' daily vaccination rate peaks at just over 1 vaccine per 100 people, while the UK peaks in May and Canada in late June.

But while other countries' daily vaccination rates slowed, Australia and New Zealand's daily vaccination rates shot up significantly, and in August Aotearoa far surpassed other countries' peaks to take the highest vaccine rate of 1.65.

However, questions have been raised about whether New Zealand will have enough supply to maintain that rate when we aren't expecting our large delivery of doses until October.

In an interview on Monday, The AM Show host Ryan Bridge asked Associate Health Minister Ayesha Verrall whether the Government had been in contact with other countries to secure more vaccine supply.

"Whenever you're in a negotiation you can't give the details away - it makes it very hard to be able to strike a deal. Nonetheless, officials have worked very hard in recent weeks over that and we hope that we'll be able to report back on that soon," Dr Verrall said. 

"We want to see if we're able to maintain this really high rate of vaccination that we've got at the moment and that's what we're working on."

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has said the Government won't set a vaccination target - only that she wants the "best in the world" when it comes to coverage. 

So far 3.5 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered to Kiwis - 2.29m are first doses while 1.21m are second doses.

On Tuesday alone, 84,971 were administered, the Ministry of Health confirmed during the 1pm update.