Positive association between COVID-19 deaths and influenza vaccination rates in elderly people worldwide
The results showed a positive association between COVID-19 deaths and IVR (influenza vaccine rate) of people ≥65 years-old. There is a significant increase in COVID-19 deaths from eastern to western regions in the world. Further exploration is needed to explain these findings, and additional work on this line of research may lead to prevention of deaths associated with COVID-19.
The infection fatality rate of COVID-19 can vary substantially across different locations and this may reflect differences in population age structure and casemix of infected and deceased patients and other factors. The inferred infection fatality rates tended to be much lower than estimates made earlier in the pandemic.
Re: Lack of “Independent” Members on the Data and Safety Monitoring Boards for COVID-19 Vaccines Currently in Phase III Trials in the United States.