Vaccines might have prevented roughly 90,000 deaths from COVID-19 within the U.S. over the summer time, in line with a brand new research.
“From June through September 2021, approximately 90,000 COVID-19 deaths among adults likely would have been prevented with vaccination,” concluded an analysis by the Peterson Center on Healthcare and the Kaiser Family Foundation revealed Wednesday.
During that interval, vaccines have been free and extensively out there.
“The overwhelming majority of COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths continue to be preventable,” the research added.
Half of the deaths within the four-month interval occurred in September, when the delta variant was surging, and as “local and state governments [were] easing up social distancing restrictions” and plenty of younger adults weren’t being vaccinated, the research stated. COVID was the main reason behind loss of life for adults aged 35 to 54 that month.
COVID-19 was the third leading cause of death for many of 2020, however in December 2020 and early 2021, the “illness surged and briefly became the number one leading cause of death in the U.S. — far surpassing even cancer and heart disease deaths in those months” for all adults, in line with the research.
COVID deaths started declining this month, however a median of over 1,600 individuals continued to die of COVID-19 every day within the first week of October.
An “overwhelming majority of COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. have been among unvaccinated people,” the evaluation added.
Nearly 711,000 Americans have died of COVID-19 because the begin of the pandemic in March 2020.