Increasing public health measures could have helped prevent thousands of Covid deaths in India
"Covid-19 vaccines reduced the potential global death toll during the pandemic by more than half in the year following their implementation," a mathematical modelling study published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases said. According to the study another 599,300 deaths could have been averted if the World Health Organisation's target of vaccinating 40% of the population in every country by the end of 2021 had been met.
The estimates are based on excess deaths from 185 countries and territories. According to the Lancet, in the first half of 2021, the greatest number of deaths averted by vaccination was seen in lower middle-income countries, resulting from the significant epidemic wave in India as the Delta variant emerged.
More than three quarters (79%, 15.5 million/ 19.8 million) of deaths averted were due to …
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