According to a new modelling research, Covid-19 vaccines are expected to have averted approximately 1.98 crore lives worldwide — out of a potential 3.14 crore fatalities — in the first year of the vaccination programme. In India, 42.10 lakh fatalities were avoided. The research was published in The Lancet Infectious Disease.
The analysis indicated that in the first year of the vaccination campaign, 1.98 crore out of a potential 3.14 crore COVID-19 fatalities were averted globally, based on excess deaths from 185 nations and territories.
According to the study, if the World Health Organization’s objective of vaccinating 40% of the population in each nation with two or more doses by the end of 2021 had been attained, an additional 5.99 lakh lives may have been spared.
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The researchers employed a well-established model of COVID-19 transmission based on country-level data for officially documented COVID-19 fatalities between December 8, 2020, and December 8, 2021.