Thursday 08 December 2022

Covid vaccines saved 88,000 hospital cases

The number of people ending up in hospital as a result of Covid-19 infections would be three times as high without vaccines, the RIVM has concluded. The public health agency said vaccination had saved 88,000 hospitalisations between the start of August 2021 and the end of August 2022, the vast majority (68,000) among people aged over 60. Over the same period 45,000 people were taken to hospital with coronavirus, figures compiled by the National Intensive Care Evaluation (NICE) show. The... More >

Most blood donors have had coronavirus

Almost four in five blood donors have coronavirus antibodies in their blood, compared with just one in five a year ago, before Omicron became the dominate strain, according to new figures from blood donation agency Sanquin. In total, 90% of donors under the age of 25 have antibodies – indicating they have had the virus – as have 59% of the over 70s. ‘Omicron would appear to be more infectious but does not make people as ill,’ Sanquin doctor and... More >