COVID vaccines saved 20M lives in 1st year, scientists say

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A new study estimates that nearly 20 million lives were saved by COVID-19 vaccines during their first year Scientists at imperial college London used data from a 185 countries excepting China to create their model The main finding was that a catastrophic 19.8 million COVID-19 deaths were prevented by the vaccination effort in the first 12 months That includes 1.9 million people in the United States alone The model was based on estimates of how many more deaths than usual occurred using only reported deaths the number saved to still a staggering 14.4 million lead author all over Watson We estimate that one in 5 deaths that occurred due to COVID-19 in low income countries would have been prevented if those targets had been reached Out of Ben with the university of Bristol medical school says the findings underscore both the achievements and the shortcomings of the vaccination campaign We can't just say oh well we've learned what to do now and just give them access to everyone and be fine It's more complicated than that I'm Jennifer King

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