Vaccines halved Italy’s COVID-19 death toll: report


Italy’s COVID vaccine campaign prevented some 150,000 deaths, slashing the country’s death toll by almost half, the national health institute (ISS) said Wednesday.

Vaccines also prevented eight million cases of COVID-19, over 500,000 hospitalisations and more than 55,000 coronavirus cases in intensive care, the ISS said in a report.

The report covers the period between December 27, 2020, when the vaccination campaign began and January 31 of this year, using a methodology initially developed for flu vaccines, it said.

Italy has been one of the countries worst affected by the pandemic, with more than 160,000 deaths reported since February 2020, the second-highest toll in Europe after Britain.

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