Vaccines, overconfidence and 98% cuts

How much do vaccines cut deaths from COVID-19? An open letter from scientists, published in the Mail on Sunday, asserts:

We can be very confident that they will reduce Covid deaths by around 98 per cent and serious illness by 80–85 per cent.

This figure does not come from a vaccine effectiveness study. This post looks at those two claims.

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Anthony B. Masters

Anthony B. Masters

This blog looks at the use of statistics in Britain and beyond. It is written by RSS Statistical Ambassador and Chartered Statistician @anthonybmasters.