Covid vaccines saved 20 million lives in first year: study

Nearly 600,000 additional deaths could have been prevented if the WHO’s goal of vaccinating 40 percent of every country’s population by the end of 2021 had been met

Covid vaccines prevented nearly 20 million deaths in the first year after they were introduced, according to the first large modeling study on the topic released Friday.

The study, published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases, is based on data from 185 countries and territories collected from December 8, 2020 to December 8, 2021.

It found that 19.8 million deaths were prevented out of a potential 31.4 million deaths that would have occurred if no vaccines were available.

The study used official figures — or estimates when official data were not available — for deaths from Covid, as well as total excess deaths from each country.

These analyzes were compared with a hypothetical alternative scenario in which no vaccine was administered.

China was not included in the study because of its large population and strict containment measures, which would have skewed the results, it said.

Nearly 600,000 additional deaths could have been prevented if the World Health Organization’s (WHO) goal of vaccinating 40 percent of each country’s population by the end of 2021 had been met, it concluded.

“We could have done more,” he said.

But the organization said last month the real number could be as high as 15 million, when all direct and indirect causes are accounted for.

The virus is on the rise again in some places, including in Europe, which is seeing a warm-weather resurgence blamed in part on Omicron subvariants.

Originally published as Covid vaccines saved 20 million lives in first year: study

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