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As of August 2022, COVID-19 vaccination rates in Black and Hispanic people exceeded those of white Americans nationally, but only for the initial shots. FatCamera/E+ via Getty Images

Low vaccine booster rates are now a key factor in COVID-19 deaths – and racial disparities in booster rates persist

Early on, public health messaging focused on the need for vaccines to combat COVID-19. But far less attention has been given to the role of boosters in preventing deaths and reducing inequities.
Medical personnel attend a Covid-19 patient at an intensive care unit in Muret, near Toulouse, on November 17, 2020. Lionel Bonaventure/AFP

Why France is among the high-income countries where the most people died of Covid-19

France’s per-capita death toll from Covid-19 is higher than the average for high-income countries. A lack of prevention and the initial rigidity of the French system are largely to responsible.
International efforts should prioritise equitable access to vaccines. Immanuel A.Afolabi/Majority World/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

The impact of COVID-19 has been lower in Africa. We explore the reasons

The emergence of variants of concern with increased potential for transmission and more severe disease in the younger population could make Africa more susceptible to a severe COVID-19 epidemic.
A November 2020 memorial in Washington, D.C. consisted of thousands of flags, each planted to remember someone who died of COVID-19. Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis via Getty Images

578,555 people have died from COVID-19 in the US, or maybe it’s 912,345 – here’s why it’s hard to count

Record-keepers have a pretty good sense of how many people have died. But figuring out the cause of those deaths is a lot trickier – and that’s why reasonable modelers can disagree.

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