U.S. COVID-19 vaccine reduces deaths by 280,000

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It is analyzed that about 280,000 lives have been saved in the United States in the last six months due to the US coronavirus infection (COVID-19) vaccination campaign.

This is the content of a recent report published by a research team at Yale University’s Graduate School of Public Health with financial support from the Commonwealth Fund.

The research team analyzed the trajectory of COVID-19 in the United States from December 2020 to June 2021 and simulated the number of deaths and hospitalizations if no vaccination was given. As a result, it was estimated that 279,000 deaths and 1.25 million people avoided hospitalization, respectively, thanks to vaccination.

The researchers found that without vaccination, the number of deaths per day would have risen to about 4,500 in the spring of 2021. The maximum daily death toll in the winter of 2021 was 4,000. The researchers also estimated that if the U.S. had cut vaccination rates in half in six months, an additional 121,000 people would die and 450,000 would be hospitalized.

The United States has supported the development of an effective vaccine, authorized emergency use of the coronavirus vaccine, and delivered the vaccine at an unprecedented rate. In particular, more than 328 million vaccines have been administered (as of July 2), and 67% of adults have received at least one dose.

Currently, the U.S. has more than 600,000 deaths from COVID-19. The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases peaked at over 300,000 per day in January of this year, but fell to less than 20,000 per day in mid-June this year.

However, the researchers cautioned that these benefits could be lost as the delta strain spreads to unvaccinated people, urging new measures.

The results of this study were published on the Commonwealth Fund website and introduced by StatNews, an American healthcare online media.

By Kim Young-seop, staff reporter [email protected]

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