Unvaccinated People Are 11 Times More Likely To Die Of COVID-19, New Research Finds

According to new research, people who are not vaccinated are 11 times more likely to die from COVID-19.
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New research shows that people who have not been vaccinated are 11 times more likely than others to die from COVID-19. This supports the evidence that inoculations provide strong protection, even against the delta variant.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the latest research released Friday showed that people who have been vaccinated are nearly five times less likely than others to contract the disease and ten times less likely so to end up in the hospital.

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At a White House COVID-19 briefing, Dr. Rochelle Walsky, director at the CDC, stated that the CDC had "examined COVID-19 deaths, cases, and hospitalizations in 13 states" and provided further evidence.

She added, "Study after study has shown that vaccination works."

The studies that examined data from 600,000.00 Americans between April 4th and July 17 show that the effectiveness of vaccines has dropped since the dominant delta variant was developed. A possible explanation is waning immunity. Another possibility is that the variant is more adept at evading immune system. You could also combine the two.

A second study, which examined data from nine states between June and August, found that the Moderna vaccine was the most effective of all three available in the U.S.

Research showed that vaccine effectiveness across all ages was significantly higher among Moderna vaccine recipients (95% vs. Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccine recipients) than it was among Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson vaccine recipient, with vaccine effectiveness at 80% and 60%, respective.

Officials from the White House reported that nearly 75% of eligible Americans aged 12 or older had received at least one shot. The CDC reports that 54% of them are fully vaccinated.

Rob Stein, NPR's reporter, contributed to this article.


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