Pfizer COVID Vaccine Saved 110,000 American Lives, Study Says

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By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter        
       HealthDay Reporter

MONDAY, May 16, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- As the United States mourns 1 cardinal deaths from COVID-19, a caller survey indicates the grim tally could person been worse. Use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine prevented much than 110,000 deaths and 690,000 hospitalizations successful the United States successful 2021, researchers report.

The vaccine besides prevented 8.7 cardinal symptomatic cases of corruption and saved much than $30 cardinal successful wellness attraction costs and much than $40 cardinal successful mislaid productivity, the survey authors noted.

"The analyses amusement that the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine contributed important nationalist wellness interaction successful the U.S. successful 2021, and had a heavy effect connected the trajectory of the pandemic," said Manuela Di Fusco, of Pfizer's wellness economics and outcomes probe team.

The Pfizer vaccine was the archetypal COVID-19 changeable disposable successful the United States. It was fixed to astir six successful 10 radical nationwide who were afloat vaccinated successful 2021, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The findings were published online May 15 successful the Journal of Medical Economics. All of the survey authors received backing from Pfizer either arsenic employees, consultants oregon employees of firms paid by Pfizer.

Despite the usage of COVID-19 vaccines, the U.S. decease toll during the pandemic neared 1 cardinal past week.

President Joe Biden ordered U.S. flags flown astatine half-staff Thursday.

"We indispensable stay vigilant against this pandemic and bash everything we tin to prevention arsenic galore lives arsenic possible," Biden said.

In this study, researchers estimated the interaction of the Pfizer vaccine utilizing a model, real-world information and objective proceedings data.

The exemplary utilized information connected the fig of radical vaccinated, the effectiveness of the vaccine successful assorted property groups, and the chances of being infected, processing symptoms and being hospitalized.

It besides included the effects of long COVID, the fig of moving days apt mislaid owed to short-term unwellness and the economical interaction of premature deaths from the disease.

The exemplary did not see the interaction of the much transmissible Omicron variant that became the ascendant coronavirus strain astatine the extremity of the survey period.


The vaccine "was estimated to forestall millions of COVID-19 symptomatic cases, thousands of hospitalizations and deaths, and generated billions successful societal economical worth successful the U.S. successful 2021,” Di Fusco said successful a diary quality release.

The findings “highlight the accidental to proceed wide vaccination uptake to forestall COVID-19-related illness and make societal benefits," she added.

A fig of limitations could person resulted successful the numbers successful the survey being underestimates, according to Di Fusco and colleagues. These see not factoring successful the vaccine's imaginable to trim transmission of the coronavirus, the severity of cases and the wide interaction of agelong COVID .

The researchers besides noted that their findings can't beryllium applied to different COVID-19 vaccines oregon groups of radical not specifically analyzed successful the study.

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SOURCE: Journal of Medical Economics, quality release, May 16, 2022