COVID-related hospitalizations would halve in US if vaccinated like Europe: FT

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  • The Financial Times compared hospitalizations and vaccinations in the United States with Denmark, the United Kingdom and Portugal.
  • These countries have far surpassed the United States in vaccination and population building.
  • The FT said the number of winter hospitalizations in the United States would almost halve if the United States vaccinated like them.

The number of coronavirus patients hospitalized in the United States this winter would have almost halved if the United States had the same vaccination rate as the most vaccinated countries in Europe, according to an analysis by the Financial Times.

One hundred and sixty-one thousand patients with COVID-19 were in US hospitals on January 19, the FT reported. But according to the FT:

  • 91,000 COVID-19 patients would have been hospitalized if the United States had Denmark’s vaccination rate.
  • 100,000 COVID-19 patients would have been hospitalized if the US had the UK vaccination rate.
  • 109,000 COVID-19 patients would have been hospitalized if the United States had Portugal‘s vaccination rate.

This graph, shared by FT data journalist John Burn-Murdoch, shows what the difference would have been:

The results also highlighted how other countries have outperformed the United States in vaccinating and building up their populations, despite the United States’ access to vaccines.

Figures collected by Our World in Data show that 90% of the Portuguese population, 81% of the Danish population and 71% of the British population had received at least two injections of the COVID-19 vaccine. The United States, on the other hand, gave at least two injections to only 64% of its population.

The United States is also slow to issue reminders to its population, according to Our World in Data:

A graph comparing coronavirus booster vaccine rates in the US, Portugal, Denmark and the UK.

A graph comparing coronavirus booster vaccine rates in the US, Portugal, Denmark and the UK.

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While some countries have reported low vaccination rates as they struggle to secure vaccine doses, this issue does not apply to the United States.

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