Study: COVID Vaccines Averted 3.2 Million Deaths In US

Wednesday, December 14, will be the two-year mark since nurse Sandra Lindsay became the first person in the U.S. to get a COVID-19 vaccination outside the clinical trials.

Wednesday, December 14, will be the two-year mark since nurse Sandra Lindsay became the first person in the U.S. to get a COVID vaccine jab outside the clinical trials.

A newly-released study shows the enormous impact and lives saved since the vaccines became available in December 2020.

From STAT News:

A study released Tuesday by the Commonwealth Fund shows that in those two years, the Covid vaccines have averted over 3 million deaths in the U.S. The CDC estimates that more than 1 million Americans have died from Covid-19.

But the study results show the toll would have been even worse had the U.S. had relied upon so-called “natural immunity” acquired through infection as the only immunological defense against the virus.

Without vaccines, the country would have experienced four times as many deaths, 1.5 times more infections, and 3.8 times more hospitalizations in the time since December of 2020.

Read more at STAT News.