July 27, 2022
Public Health/Prevention
  • The Commonwealth Fund released a new analysis projecting that early fall COVID-19 vaccination campaign could prevent as many as 160,000 more deaths and avert between $63 billion and $109 billion in direct medical costs. As immunity from earlier vaccinations or infections wears off, the researchers estimate that a potential fall surge could result in a peak of around 1,500 deaths per day. The Biden administration could broaden eligibility for existing boosters to all adults as they attempt to work with Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech to make stronger vaccines that protect against the BA.5 subvariant available by early fall. (Analysis here; Article here)