Report: Vaccinations could have prevented a quarter of a million COVID deaths in the United States

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A new analysis from the Kaiser Family Foundation has found that nearly a quarter of a million deaths from COVID-19 in the United States could have been prevented with vaccination.

“We find that approximately 234,000 deaths since June 2021 could have been prevented with the primary vaccination,” reads the report, released Thursday. “These vaccine-preventable deaths represent 60% of all adult deaths from COVID-19 since June 2021, and a quarter (24%) of the nearly one million deaths from COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic.”

The analysis is based on the fact that COVID-19 vaccines were available to nearly all American adults in May 2021. It does not take into account the potential effects of recalls, although the KFF said that if it had , she probably would have found more avoidable. deaths. Children were excluded from the analysis.

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In November 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said unvaccinated people were 14 times more likely to die if they contracted the virus than those who received the shots. However, vaccinations have been downplayed or demonized by right-wing media, with a KFF study late last year finding that Americans who trusted conservative media were more likely to believe COVID misinformation. . Conservative media have downplayed the significance of the virus and questioned the methods recommended by public health experts to combat it, from masking to vaccines. TNZT News hosts raised anti-vax voices while promoting drugs like hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin, the latter of which is prescribed as an antimalarial in humans but also as a dewormer in livestock. A large study published this month found that ivermectin did not reduce the risk of COVID hospitalizations.

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Other data showed that death rates were higher in counties won by Donald Trump in the 2020 election compared to those won by Joe Biden. When Trump urged his supporters at a rally in August 2021 to get vaccinated, he was booed, and booed again months later when he revealed he had received a booster shot.

A man receives a second booster shot of the COVID-19 vaccine.

A man receives a second booster shot of the COVID-19 vaccine in Waterford, Michigan earlier this month. (Emily Elconin/Reuters)

“In the spring of 2020, areas with the highest number of deaths were significantly more likely to vote Democrat than Republican,” reads a Pew Research analysis released in March. “But by the third wave of the pandemic, which began in the fall of 2020, the pattern had reversed: counties that voted for Donald Trump over Joe Biden suffered far more deaths from the coronavirus pandemic than those who voted for Biden over Trump.”

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A Yahoo News/YouGov poll published in July 2021 found that unvaccinated adults said the vaccine was more dangerous than getting the virus. At the time, 93% of unvaccinated American adults – the equivalent of 76 million people – said they would “never” get vaccinated (51%), that they would wait “to see what happens to others before deciding” (20%) or were not sure (22%).

According to Johns Hopkins University, there have been more than 80 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States and more than 990,000 deaths from complications from the virus – far more than has been reported in any other country.

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