How many lives have COVID-19 vaccines saved?

The first year of vaccination programs saved almost 20 million deaths worldwide, reveals a modelling study in the Lancet Infectious Diseases

COVID-19 vaccines saved nearly 20 million lives during their first year, but even more deaths could have been prevented if international vaccination targets had been reached, researchers say.

The UK team used data from 185 countries to estimate how many COVID-19 deaths the vaccines prevented.

They predicted it was:

  • 4.2 million in India
  • 1.9 million in the US
  • 1 million in Brazil
  • 631,000 in France
  • 507,000 in the UK

However, an additional 600,000