The COVID-19 vaccination campaign launched in the United States late last year has saved some 279,000 lives and prevented 1.25 million hospitalizations, a new study led by the Yale School of Public Health (YSPH) finds. “The vaccines have been strikingly successful in reducing the spread of the virus and saving hundreds of thousands of lives in the United States alone,” said lead author Alison Galvani, the Burnett and Stender Families Professor of Epidemiology and the director of the Center for Infectious Disease Modeling and Analysis at YSPH.
While these findings are encouraging, the study suggest that these gains could be wiped out by new Covid Delta variant. “Yet until a greater majority of Americans are vaccinated, many more people could still die from this virus. The danger is not over. Now is not the time to let down our guard,” she said. Currently, only 42% of South Carolina residents have completed the Covid vaccination process.
Here are the findings:
- The Delta variant could potentially unleash a surge of new cases among the millions of people in the United States who remain unvaccinated
- If only half as many vaccinations had been administered there would have been more than 120,000 additional deaths and 450,000 additional hospitalizations
- 328 million COVID-19 vaccine doses and 67% of adults have received at least one dose, the researchers said. The number of cases, meanwhile, has fallen from over 300,000 per day at the pandemic’s peak in January to less than 20,000 daily in mid-June.