As spring is upon us, bringing welcomed warmer weather and longer days, many are contemplating what normality will look like in the coming months. There is strong hope that as an increased amount of the population becomes vaccinated, the US will be awarded a downed sloping contagion curve. While this is true, there are also worrisome signs that the fourth surge of contagions spurred by the B.1.1.7 variant might also be on the horizon, making the situation a race to vaccinate in large numbers in order to avoid the worst impacts of this latest wave of the virus. Anxious eyes look to their calendars wondering when it will be safe and reasonable to start making social plans. The rollout of the vaccine in the US is gathering momentum and many people have already received an injection or plan to do so in the near future. Studies show that once a person is vaccinated not only are they less likely to contract a serious case of COVID-19, but they are also less likely to spread the virus to others. This is very encouraging news and much of what normalcy will be like hinges on the rate at which countries vaccinate their populations.
Once large sectors are the population are protected, the virus will be limited in its capacity to spread through herd immunity. This will enable governments to ease social restrictions, allowing the economies to reopen and for people to return to more habitual activities, albeit while practicing caution. Given the importance that the vaccination process has for governments and their citizens, it is critical to track the progress using carefully gathered statistical data. This information once tabulated and filtered can be used to drive dynamic world maps to show the rate of vaccinations in real-time and compare the results amongst nations and within regions of specific countries.