Infections prevented by COVID-19 vaccines doubles to 22 million and deaths prevented rises to 60,000

Public Health England (PHE) has published its latest weekly COVID-19 vaccine surveillance report.

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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.

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

Dr Jamie Lopez Bernal, Consultant Epidemiologist at PHE, said:

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.

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.

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  • Around 60,000 deaths have been prevented in England as a result of the Covid vaccine programme, the deputy chief medical officer has said. Prof Jonathan Van-Tam said an estimated 22 million cases have also been stopped – a “truly massive” success. His comments came in a special programme with Radio 1 Newsbeat listeners, including some who are worried about getting a jab. Van-Tam said the more people get a jab, the less likely more lockdowns are. The chances of another lockdown will be “much lower” if a higher proportion of the population, including 18-25-year-olds, get their jabs, he said. Van-Tam also said he can’t know yet if there will be a fourth wave of Covid infections in the UK, but it’s possible we’ll have some “bumpy” periods in autumn and winter – not just with Covid, but also flu and other respiratory viruses. The 60,000 figure Van-Tam mentioned is the latest estimate from Public Health England (PHE), published shortly after he shared it with Newsbeat.

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