A faster and more effective rollout of the first COVID-19 booster shot authorized in 2021 would have saved more than 29,000 lives in the U.S., according to a new study.
regulatory caution, in the middle of a pandemic, thus had a large, avoidable cost.”Still, they estimated that the first round of booster shots in the U.S. saved 42,000 lives.
Israel was the first country to authorize a COVID-19 booster in July 2021.
While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that about 81% of the U.S. population received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, uptake decreased with every subsequent shot authorized.
Just 16% of adults have gotten the latest shot, which health officials have said is not enough.
Health Affairs, U.S, Centers for Disease Control