Model calculation: vaccination prevented nearly 2,200 deaths

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Austria: The coronavirus vaccination has prevented almost 2,200 deaths by the end of July. This is the assumption of a model calculation carried out by the Ministry of Health, which has now been published following a parliamentary question from NEOS.

The ministry puts the number of people who have been spared a hospital stay by the vaccination at almost 5,800. So far, 10,837 people have died in Austria after a coronavirus infection – 2,662 of them in the months from February to July, according to AGES.

For the model calculation, the ministry has now compared these figures with those that would have been expected without vaccination. The basic assumption is that the infections and deaths without vaccination would have developed analogously to the case numbers among the (then largely unvaccinated) 16- to 65-year-olds.

2,278 more intensive care patients
The model calculation concludes that the coronavirus pandemic would have caused 2,177 additional deaths without vaccination. In addition, 2,278 additional people would have had to be treated in intensive care units.

That would be two-thirds more than the 3,500 patients who actually ended up in intensive care units between January and July. According to the model calculation, vaccination saved a total of 5,789 people from hospital treatment.

Asked the calculations of the Ministry NEOS health spokesman Gerald Loacker. “These calculations prove once again impressively how well the COVID vaccinations work,” he said in a dispatch.

He called on the government to do more to increase vaccination coverage and criticized Austria’s low vaccination coverage compared to Western Europe.

— source: orf.at/picture: pixabay.com

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