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Astra’s Covid Vaccine Saved Over Six Million Lives in First Year

  • Pfizer shot averted almost as many deaths in Airfinity report
  • New findings build on Imperial College research last month
Vaccination Centre as U.K. Records Highest Daily Covid Death Toll
Photographer: Anthony Devlin/Bloomberg

Covid vaccines from AstraZeneca Plc and Pfizer Inc. had the biggest impact in preventing deaths in the first year of the global rollout, saving an estimated 12 million lives.

That’s the upshot of a new analysis from Airfinity Ltd., a London-based data firm. The AstraZeneca vaccine developed with the University of Oxford saved 6.3 million lives, Airfinity said Wednesday. The estimate for the Pfizer-BioNTech SE shot was 5.9 million.