Research recently published in The Lancet estimates vaccinations prevented 14·4 million deaths from COVID-19 in 185 countries and territories between Dec 8, 2020, and Dec 8, 2021.
The figure is based on official reported COVID-19 deaths and is believed to be closer to 20 million lives saved, when using excess deaths as an estimate of the true extent of the pandemic.
The authors of the paper called ‘Global impact of the first year of COVID-19 vaccination: a mathematical modelling study’ interpreted their results, saying: ‘COVID-19 vaccination has substantially altered the course of the pandemic, saving tens of millions of lives globally. However, inadequate access to vaccines in low-income countries has limited the impact in these settings, reinforcing the need for global vaccine equity and coverage.’
Professor Rhonda Stuart shared the paper as part of our employee forum this week.
You can also read the paper for more detail. Global impact of the first year of COVID-19 vaccination: a mathematical modelling study (thelancet.com)