Kovid vaccine prevented over 42 lakh deaths in India during 2021: Report

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The study estimates that 5,99,300 more lives could have been saved if the World Health Organization’s target of vaccinating 40 percent of the population in each country with two or more doses by the end of 2021 was met.

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COVID-19 vaccines have prevented more than 42 lakh possible deaths in India in the year 2021. Information about this was given in a study published in The Lancet Infectious Disease Journal. Which is based on estimates of the “excess” death rate in the country during the pandemic. Globally, a mathematical modeling study found that COVID-19 vaccines reduced the potential death toll during the pandemic by about 20 million, or more than half.

In the first year of vaccination, 19.8 million of a possible 31.4 million COVID-19 deaths were prevented worldwide, the researchers said. The study estimates that 5,99,300 more lives could have been saved if the World Health Organization’s target of vaccinating 40 percent of the population in each country with two or more doses by the end of 2021 was met. The study has estimated the number of preventable deaths between December 8, 2020 and December 8, 2021.

Study lead author Oliver Watson said, “We estimate that immunization prevented 42,10,000 deaths in India during this period. The uncertainty in this estimate is between 36,65,000-43,70,000.” Watson said in an email, “This modeling study shows that vaccination campaigns in India have saved millions of lives. It shows the remarkable impact of vaccination, especially in India, which is grappling with the impact of the delta variant.” was the first country to

India’s numbers are based on estimates that there would have been 51,60,000 (48,24,000-56,29,000) deaths in the country during the pandemic,” according to The Economist’s estimate of 2.3 from COVID-19 in India by early May 2021. Million people died, while the official figure was around 200,000. While the WHO last month estimated that 4.7 million deaths in India were due to Kovid, although this is a figure which the government denied.

Of the nearly 20 million deaths that occurred in the first year after vaccination, about 7.5 million deaths were prevented in countries covered by the COVID-19 Vaccine Access Initiative (COVAX), the researchers said. Nearly two-thirds of the world’s population has received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine (66 percent). Despite the incredible pace of vaccine roll-out around the world, more than 3.5 million COVID-19 deaths have been reported since the first vaccine was rolled out in December 2020.

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The researchers said that China was not included in this analysis due to its large population and very strict lockdown measures. The team found that based on officially recorded COVID-19 deaths, an estimated 18.1 million deaths would have occurred during the study period if vaccination had not been implemented. The model estimates that vaccination has prevented 14.4 million deaths.

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