Not supported enough: Severe course of Covid among Brits

Inadequate Covid-19 vaccines caused more than 7,000 deaths or hospitalizations in Britain during the coronavirus summer of 2022, a nationwide study has found. The authors of the first study covering the entire British population, published in the medical journal “The Lancet” on Tuesday, emphasized that their findings show how important booster vaccinations are against sometimes life-threatening respiratory diseases.

More than 90 percent of adults in Great Britain have been vaccinated since coronavirus vaccines were approved. But when the wave of corona infections subsided in the summer of 2022, vaccine fatigue set in: from June to September 2022, around 44 percent of adults in Great Britain no longer had adequate corona vaccine protection, according to the study.

Based on data from the National Health Service (NHS) and model calculations, the study’s authors estimate that if the entire adult population were adequately vaccinated, there would be a total of 7,180 fewer hospital admissions and deaths due to coronavirus in the summer of 2022. This is due to coronavirus infections that summer That’s almost 20 percent of the 40,000 people hospitalized and dead.

Undervaccinated adults tend to be younger, non-white and poorer men, according to the study. They also had almost never suffered from any disease before.

Health Data Research UK chief scientist Cathie Sudlow told a press conference that the study she led showed that “full and accurate vaccination is good for individuals and good for society as a whole.” The World Health Organization (WHO) warned last week that coronavirus infections were increasing again due to Christmas and New Year celebrations.

The study evaluated anonymised and encrypted health data of everyone aged six and over in Great Britain. This was the first study in the UK to use this massive dataset.

The study authors advocated for the data to be used for other studies such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease. Co-author Aziz Sheikh, from the University of Edinburgh, emphasized that Great Britain is particularly suitable for such studies with the general population, as the NHS records “almost every interaction” in the healthcare system.

(APA/AFP)

Source: Vienna

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