Report: Vaccinations could have prevented a quarter of a million COVID deaths in the US


A new analysis from the Kaiser Family Foundation has found that nearly a quarter of a million COVID-19 deaths in the United States could have been prevented through vaccination.

“We find that approximately 234,000 deaths since June 2021 could have been prevented with primary series vaccination,” the report published Thursday said. “These vaccine-preventable deaths represent 60% of all adult COVID-19 deaths since June 2021 and a quarter (24%) of the nearly 1 million COVID-19 deaths since the start of the pandemic.”

The analysis is based on the fact that, by May 2021, nearly all U.S. adults had COVID-19 vaccines. The potential effects of boosters are not taken into account, although KFF said that if they did, it would probably have been more preventable. deaths. Children were excluded from the analysis.

In November 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the unvaccinated people were 14 times more likely to die if they contracted the virus than those who received the injections. However, vaccinations were downplayed or demonized by right-wing media, with a KFF survey late last year showing that Americans who trusted conservative outlets were more likely to believe the misinformation about COVID. Conservative media have downplayed the virus, questioning methods recommended by public health experts for fighting it, from masking to vaccines. TUSEN News hosts have raised antivax voices as they promote drugs such as hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin, the latter of which is prescribed as an antimalarial drug in humans, as well as a dewormer in livestock. A large study published this month found that ivermectin did not reduce the risk of hospitalizations from COVID.

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Other data has shown that death rates were higher in counties won by Donald Trump in the 2020 election than in counties won by Joe Biden. When Trump urged supporters to get vaccinated at an August 2021 rally, he was booed and booed again months later when he revealed he’d received a booster shot.

A man receives a second booster shot of the COVID-19 vaccine.

A man receives a second booster shot of the COVID-19 vaccine in Waterford, Michigan, earlier this month. (Emily Elconin/Reuters)

“In the spring of 2020, the areas with the most deaths voted far more likely to vote Democratic than Republican,” according to a Pew Research analysis published in March. “But by the third wave of the pandemic, which began in the fall of 2020, the pattern had reversed: Counties that voted Donald Trump instead of Joe Biden suffered significantly more deaths from the coronavirus pandemic than those that voted for Biden instead. from Trump.”

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Yahoo News/YouGov polls published in July 2021 found that unvaccinated adults said the vaccine was more dangerous than getting the virus. At the time, 93% of unvaccinated American adults — the equivalent of 76 million people — said they would either “never” be vaccinated (51%), would wait “to see what happens to others before deciding” ( 20%) or were unsure (22%).

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According to Johns Hopkins University, there are more than 80 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States and more than 990,000 deaths from complications of the virus — far more than have been reported in any other country.


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