Vaccines, how the pandemic (and mortality) has changed in the world since they arrived

The strength of vaccines is all in the numbers. Because to give an answer to the skeptics can not be the absurd theories that go crazy on the web, with the phantom home care that in recent days from social networks have even landed in Parliament. But it is science that tells us where we are heading and how the pandemic is changing from the day the first vaccine is approved to the start of a global campaign. Science and numbers, which speak clearly and show us a way out. And after the numerous studies on the effectiveness of vaccines that emerged from the impact on the real population, with almost 6 billion doses administered throughout the planet, here is the Eurostat data to put a point on those who still express doubts about it. From the hardest months of 2020 to date, the excess mortality rate has plummeted. After reaching a dramatic peak of + 40% last November (in comparison with the average of the previous three years 2016-2019) it reached + 4.4% in July 2021. The next step now, a topic addressed at the G20 and in depth by the World Health Organization, is to bring vaccines to poor countries, especially in Africa which to date have received only 2% of the total doses produced.

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The strength of vaccines, Eurostat data

But let’s talk about the numbers. Last July in the EU countries the excess mortality rate due to Covid and other extraordinary factors fell to the lowest level in a year now: Eurostat announced, specifying that the increase was contained at 4.4% .

However, Eurostat stressed, the increase in mortality due to exceptional factors continued, even in July, to show great differences between one country and another. They range from the 3% drop recorded in Belgium and Sweden to the 25 and 26% increases recorded by Greece and Cyprus respectively. After the peak reached in April 2021 (+ 20%), the trend in excess mortality has been slowing since last May. The other peak reported by Eurostat was that recorded in November 2020 (+ 40%).

This information comes from data on excess mortality published today by Eurostat, based on a weekly collection of data on deaths. The article features a handful of findings from the more detailed Statistics Explained articles on excessive mortality and weekly deaths.

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Von der Leyen: avoid the pandemic of the unvaccinated

“The differences between vaccination rates in our Union are worrying. So we need to keep the momentum going. And Europe is ready. We have 1.8 billion additional doses. Enough for us and our neighbors for when calls are needed. We try to do everything possible to ensure that the pandemic does not turn into an unvaccinated pandemic ». This was stated by the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, in her State of the Union address.

Over 5.7 billion vaccine doses administered worldwide

There have been over 5.7 billion doses of Covid-19 vaccine administered worldwide, but only 2% went to people living in Africa. To return to the gap that penalizes poor countries in access to vaccines is the World Health Organization in a press conference. The United Nations Agency urges every country to vaccinate at least 40% of the population by the end of 2021 and hopes to reach 70% of the world population by the middle of next year.

However, stressed WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, in Africa, where more than 1.2 billion people live, only two countries have reached the target of 40%, the lowest. “This is not because African countries don’t have the capacity or experience to launch Covid-19 vaccines. It is because they have been left behind by the rest of the world, ”added the WHO CEO. This makes all countries of the world more vulnerable. “The longer the vaccine inequality persists – he continued – the more the virus will continue to circulate and change, the longer the social and economic disintegration will continue and the greater the possibility that more variants will emerge that make vaccines less effective”. For countries with high levels of coverage, WHO is calling for immediate fulfillment of their dose-sharing commitments. “We will not be able to reach 60% of our fully immunized population – underlined John Nkengasong, director of Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – if we do not fully explore and deploy the power of partnership, the power of cooperation. and the power of solidarity “.

The EU: 200 million more doses to poor countries

“We have already pledged to share 250 million doses” of anti-Covid vaccines with the poorest countries, “I announce today that the Commission will add a new donation of another 200 million doses until the middle of next year”. This was stated by the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen in her State of the Union address. «We are leaders in the world on vaccines – he added – over 79% of our population is vaccinated. We were the only ones to have shared more than half of our vaccines with the rest of the world, with over 700 million ». Speaking on the issue of defense, von der Leyen said: «We are working with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on a new joint declaration that will be presented before the end of the year. We need to invest in our partnership. But this is only part of the equation. We must do more on our own »on defense. And, again, a passage on immigration: “The new pact on migration and asylum provides all the tools” to deal with situations such as that on the border with Belarus. But “progress is slow. It is time to have an EU-wide migration policy. It is a question of trust. Migration must no longer be used as an argument to divide us ”. Von der Leyen finally announced a trip to the Balkan region still outside the EU. “By the end of the month, I will be traveling to the Western Balkans to send out a strong signal of our commitment to the accession process. We owe it to all those young people who believe in a European future “, said the president of the European Commission, adding that EU support for the Western Balkans is increasing,” through the new economic and investment plan, which is worth about a third of the GDP of the region ». “Investing in the future of the Western Balkans means investing in the future of the EU”, he highlighted.

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