Nearly 3,000 of Iowa's COVID deaths were preventable, analysis finds
Vaccines could have prevented nearly 3,000 COVID-related deaths in Iowa between January 2021 and last month, according to a new analysis by Brown University's School of Public Health.
The big picture: The analysis suggests that roughly half of the more than 641,000 deaths nationwide since 2021 could have been prevented, Axios' Tina Reed reports.
How it works: Researchers crafted a model illustrating what could have happened if 100% of American adults were fully vaccinated and boosted once the shots became available.
- The study used real-world data from the CDC and the New York Times.
Zoom in: Nearly 5,600 COVID-related deaths have been reported in Iowa since 2021.
- The state ranks No. 28 in preventable deaths per 1 million people, when compared to other states.
What they're saying: "The vaccine rollout has been both a remarkable success and a remarkable failure," Stefanie Friedhoff, one of the analysis' authors, told NPR.
- While the U.S. was able to get a large vaccine supply rolled out quickly, the shots are useless if they're not going into arms, she said.
The bottom line: As COVID immunity wanes over time and the virus continues to mutate, vaccines and boosters remain our best tools for fighting off new waves of infections.
- Public officials must remain committed to increasing vaccine demand, the study's authors say.
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