Unvaccinated people were 11 times more likely to die from COVID-19, according to the CDC

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People who were not fully vaccinated during the spring or summer were 10 times more likely to be hospitalized and 11 times more likely to die from COVID-19, compared to those who were, according to one of three studies published this Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The context: While the three vaccines together were 86% effective in preventing hospitalization, protection was significantly greater among recipients of the Moderna vaccine (95%) than among those who received Pfizer-BioNTech (80%) or Johnson & Johnson (60%). ).

  • The CDC studies focus on the efficacy of the three coronavirus vaccines available in the United States, amid the spread of the delta variant.
  • This is the largest study in the United States on the effectiveness of vaccines. 32 thousand patients attended in hospitals, emergency departments and care clinics in nine states between June and August participated.
  • That finding echoes a smaller study conducted by the Mayo Clinic Health System in August, not yet peer-reviewed, that highlighted the effectiveness of the Moderna vaccine.

What do they say? “The bottom line is this: we have the scientific tools we need to turn this pandemic around,” CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said at a COVID-19 briefing at the White House on Friday. “Vaccination works and will protect us from the serious complications of COVID-19”

“Still hitting 80% is a very good number,” said Mehul Suthar, a virologist at Emory University who studies the coronavirus. “These vaccines still resist a highly transmissible variant.”

Main source of the news: The Washington Post.


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