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Covid vaccines averted nearly 20 million deaths in first year: report

A study published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases, published on Friday, based on data from 185 countries and territories collected from December 8, 2020 to December 8, 2021, shows that Covid vaccines prevented nearly 20 million deaths in the first year. after their introduction. introduced, as AFP reports.

This is the first attempt to estimate the number of deaths averted directly and indirectly through vaccinations against Covid-19. It revealed that 19.8 million deaths were averted out of a potential 31.4 million deaths that would have occurred if no vaccine were available.

This was a 63% reduction, according to the study. The study used official figures or estimates where official data was not available for Covid deaths, as well as the total number of excess deaths from each country. These analyzes were compared to a hypothetical alternative scenario in which no vaccine was administered.

The model accounted for variation in vaccination rates between countries, as well as differences in vaccine effectiveness based on the types of vaccines known to have been primarily used in each country.

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The study found that high- and middle-income countries accounted for the highest number of deaths averted, 12.2 million out of 19.8 million, reflecting inequalities in access to vaccines around the world.

Covid has officially killed more than 6.3 million people worldwide, according to the WHO. Nearly 600,000 additional deaths could have been avoided if the World Health Organization (WHO) target of immunizing 40% of the population of each country by the end of 2021 had been reached, he said. he concluded.

As AFP reported, the study’s lead author, Oliver Watson, of Imperial College London, said: “Millions of lives have likely been saved by making vaccines available to people. of the whole world”.

“We could have done more,” he said.

(with agency contributions)

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