Covid-19 jabs save 60,000 lives in England: PHE

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The methods used to estimate deaths and infections prevented is based on direct and indirect effects of the vaccination programme…reports Asian Lite News.

Infections prevented by COVID-19 vaccines doubles to 22 million and deaths prevented rises to 60,00, according to the latest weekly COVID-19 vaccine surveillance report by Public Health England (PHE).

PHE estimates that 60,000 deaths and 22,057,000 infections have been prevented as a result of the COVID-19 vaccination programme, up to 23 July. This is based on modelling analysis from PHE and Cambridge University’s MRC Biostatistics Unit.

The estimated number of deaths prevented has increased significantly since the most recent estimates were published, with the estimated number of infections prevented doubling in just 2 weeks. It was previously estimated that up to 9 July, around 37,000 deaths and 11,000,000 infections were prevented.

Nadhim Zahawi, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for COVID-19 Vaccine Deployment is given his vaccination by Dr Nikki Kanani Medical Director of Primary Care for NHS England at Lewis Grove pharmacy in Lewisham . Picture by Simon Dawson / No 10 Downing Street

The methods used to estimate deaths and infections prevented is based on direct and indirect effects of the vaccination programme.

Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid said the new figures are “fantastic to see.”

“Hundreds of thousands of people whose loved ones have been protected thanks to the vaccines’ remarkable protection.”

“Day by day, jab by jab, we are building a wall of defence which is protecting our nation against the threat of this virus. Make sure to get the jab if you haven’t already and play your part in this historic effort,” he added.

According to Dr Jamie Lopez Bernal, Consultant Epidemiologist at PHE, these figures show the vaccine programme’s remarkable impact on saving lives and reducing the spread of the virus.

“As cases have increased, the true scale of protection from the vaccine programme has become clear. Everyone that has come forward for their vaccine has played a part in this vital effort,” he stated.

“It remains vital that everyone gets 2 doses of the vaccine, to protect you and those around you from COVID-19. You must book your second jab when invited, to gain maximum protection,” he added.

Minister for COVID-19 Vaccine Deployment Nadhim Zahawi said that over 84 million vaccinations have been administered since the vaccination programme began in December.

“We can see the fantastic results of their efforts – 22 million infections prevented and 60,000 lives saved, an achievement we can all feel proud of,” he said.

“Play your part in the UK’s COVID-19 response – it couldn’t be easier to go to a pop-up vaccination site this weekend or book through the NHS website, and get the jab.”

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