Study finds US vaccinations against COVID-19 averted 2.2 million deaths

Vials of Moderna and Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines pictured in Jerusalem on January 3, 2022. Israel was the first in the world to administer the fourth COVID-19 vaccine to people over 60 and health workers. A US study released on Friday found that vaccines prevented 2.2 million US deaths. Photo by Debbie Hill/UPI | License picture

April 8 (UPI) — A new study released on Friday found that vaccinations against COVID-19 averted 2.2 million deaths in the United States.

The Commonwealth Fund study indicates that 17 million hospitalizations were averted by vaccines between December 12, 2020 and March 31, 2022.

More than $899 billion has been saved in healthcare costs thanks to vaccines, according to the Commonwealth Fund study.

The study found that there would have been 66 million additional COVID-19 infections without the vaccinations.

The White House pointed to the study to criticize Republicans for blocking “essential funding we need to make more progress — to save even more lives.”

A statement from the White House on Friday said, “Inaction will leave our nation less prepared for future flare-ups and variations.” The White House statement says Congress must act urgently to continue funding the government’s efforts against COVID-19.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told Bloomberg TV’s David Westin that he expects COVID-19 cases to rise over the next two weeks. Fauci said a surge in the fall is likely.

According to the Commonwealth Fund study, daily peaks in pre-Omicron deaths would have reached 24,000 a day in the absence of vaccines.

The study said the actual high peak in daily deaths was 4,300 per day reached in the winter of 2021.

“Our results highlight the profound and continuous impact of the vaccination program on reducing infections, hospitalizations and deaths,” the study states.

The study says the reported numbers are adjusted to “reflect the normal range of uncertainty associated with the estimates.”

Even as pandemic restrictions are eased, hundreds of COVID-19 deaths are still being reported every day in the United States. Cases have also started to rise again in several parts of the United States, according to the study.

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