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Vaccines could have prevented a quarter of a million COVID deaths in the US.

A new analysis from the Kaiser Family Foundation found that nearly a quarter of a million deaths from COVID-19 in the United States could have been prevented through vaccination.

“We found that approximately 234,000 deaths since June 2021 could have been prevented with primary series vaccination,” read the report, published on Thursday. “These vaccine-preventable deaths represent 60% of all adult COVID-19 deaths since June 2021 and a quarter (24%) of nearly 1 million COVID-19 deaths since the pandemic began.”

The analysis is based on the fact that COVID-19 vaccines were available to almost all US adults in May 2021. It does not take into account the potential effects of boosters, although KFF said that if it did, I probably would have found more preventable. deceased. Children were excluded from the analysis.

In November 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said they were not vaccinated 14 times more likely to die if they contracted the virus than those who had received the injections. Yet vaccines have been downplayed or demonized by the right-wing media, with a KFF study late last year finding that Americans who trusted conservative media were more likely to believe misinformation about COVID. Conservative media have downplayed the virus and questioned the methods recommended by public health experts to combat it, from masking to vaccinations. Fox News hosts have raised voices against vaccines while promoting drugs such as hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin, the latter of which is prescribed as an antimalarial in humans but also as a dewormer in cattle. A large study published this month found that ivermectin did not reduce the risk of COVID hospitalizations.

Other data has shown that mortality rates they were higher in counties won by Donald Trump in the 2020 election versus those won by Joe Biden. When Trump urged his supporters at an August 2021 rally to get vaccinated, hey he was booedand that booed months again later, when he revealed that he had received a booster shot.

A man receives a second booster shot of the COVID-19 vaccine.

A man receives a second booster shot of the COVID-19 vaccine in Waterford, Michigan, earlier this month. (Emily Elconin/Reuters)

“In the spring of 2020, the areas that saw the highest number of deaths were much more likely to vote Democrat than Republican.” read a Pew Research analysis published in March. “But by the third wave of the pandemic, which began in the fall of 2020, the pattern was reversed: counties that voted for Donald Trump instead of Joe Biden were experiencing far more deaths from the coronavirus pandemic than those that voted for Joe Biden. Biden instead of Trump.”

The Yahoo News/YouGov poll published in July 2021 found that unvaccinated adults said the vaccine was more dangerous than getting the virus. At that time, 93% of unvaccinated American adults, the equivalent of 76 million people, said they would “never” get vaccinated (51%), that they would continue to wait “to see what happens to others before deciding.” (20%) or were not sure (22%).

According to Johns Hopkins University, there have been more than 80 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States and more than 990,000 deaths due to complications from the virus, far more than has been reported in any other country.

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