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Covid vaccines, Lancet: “They have saved almost 20 million people” – Foreign

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Covid vaccines, Lancet: “They have saved almost 20 million people” – Foreign

Rome, June 24, 2022 – I. Covid-19 vaccines they saved almost life 20 million people in the world only in the first year of the vaccination campaign, ie from December 2020 to the same month of 2021. The study, published in The Lancet in the specialist edition Infectious Diseases, is by a group of researchers from Imperial College London who based on the data from 185 countries, highlighting that the differences between rich and poor nations, differences in access to drugs, were also reflected in the number of deaths.

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Indeed if 40% could be vaccinated of the population in each country by the end of 2021, a target set by the World Health Organization (WHO), about another 599,300 deaths could have been avoided, of which 59.7% in low- or middle-income countries.

The serum, according to the data collected in the research, avoided 79% of deaths, equal to 15.5 million out of the total 19.8 million. This was possible thanks to the direct protection provided by vaccines against severe forms of Covid, and a good share of deaths was also avoided thanks to indirect protection, due to reduced transmission and circulation of the virus in the population, and to the lesser impact of the virus on health systems, and consequently improving medical care for those who need it most.

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Unfortunately the study also highlights “access inequalities vaccines worldwide “, with only 3.3 million deaths averted with serum in low-income countries, where only 2.7 deaths are prevented per 10,000 people, compared with 66 in high-income countries.

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Oliver Watson, lead author of the study, says, “Our results offer the most comprehensive assessment to date of the significant global impact vaccination has had on the pandemic.” But at the same time research, according to Watson, showed “that probably millions of lives would be saved making vaccines available to everyone in every part of the world, regardless of income. More could have been done. “

Azra Ghani, Head of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at Imperial College, explains: “Our study demonstrates the tremendous advantage vaccines have in reducing Covid-19 deaths globally. While the focus is shifting away from the pandemic, it is It is important to ensure that the most vulnerable people in all parts of the world are protected from the continuous circulation of the virus and from other major diseases that continue to disproportionately affect the poorest “.

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