According to a study published in the Lancet Infectious Diseases on Thursday, Covid-19 vaccines saved 20 million lives worldwide in the first year they were available.
In the first year after vaccines were introduced, they prevented 19.8 million deaths out of a potential 31.4 million deaths.
Increased access to vaccines saved the lives of more than 12 million people in high and middle income countries.
The Medical Research Council Centre for Global Infectious Disease Analysis at Imperial College London studied the impact of vaccine on the Pandemic.
If the World Health Organization's goal of 40% of the population beingvaccinated by the end of 2021, was achieved, almost 600,000 more deaths would not have occurred.
4.3 million deaths were prevented due to indirect protection offered by others getting vaccine, which resulted in a decrease in Covid transmission and reduced burden on healthcare systems.
The number of lives saved by Covid vaccine has been estimated by several regional studies, but the Lancet study is the first to quantify the impact of vaccines on a global level. According to a study by the Kaiser Family Foundation, a quarter of a million lives in the US could have been saved with more timely vaccine. Around half of the global population received at least one dose of a vaccine after the first vaccine was administered, according to an estimate by researchers. More than 3.5 million people have died from the coronaviruses since the first vaccine became available. Researchers argue that more deaths could have been avoided if vaccines had been distributed more quickly. The U.S. and other high-income countries wanted to donate 2 billion doses of vaccines to low- and middle-income countries by the end of the next decade. They delivered less than half of the amount. According to researchers, vaccine distribution and delivery should be increased worldwide and efforts to fight misinformation should be increased.
A study found that nearly 240,000 deaths could have been prevented with vaccines.
The world's neediest will be helped by 2 billion vaccine doses. Half that won't be delivered. The Washington Post has an article about it.
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