Some of the biggest barriers to accurately calculating the pandemic’s death toll, Reuters reported, include “the lack of reliable systems to log deaths in many countries,” as well as the fact that “in many cases people had died from Covid-19 before they had been tested for the virus.”
Still, the tendency to overlook indirect deaths means that “even in regions with relatively reliable reporting systems, undercounts were likely,” the news outlet noted. Reuters continued:
—The WHO estimated 1.1 to 1.2 million excess deaths in the European region during 2020, double the 600,000 reported Covid-19 deaths.
—In the Americas, the number of excess deaths was 1.3 to 1.5 million during 2020, 60% higher then the reported 900,000 Covid-19 death toll in that region.
The WHO’s raised estimates of the pandemic’s total global death toll come less than three weeks after the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation said that “our analysis estimates that by May 3, 2021, the total number of Covid-19 deaths was 6.93 million, a figure that is more than two times higher than the reported number of deaths of 3.24 million.”
As the WHO noted Friday in its new report, “Pre-pandemic inequalities have driven the unequal global distribution of vaccines and run the risk of perpetuating the pandemic, which in turn has amplified existing inequality. Achieving equal global vaccination is imperative, or the risk of a more virulent or transmissible variant remains high,” the agency added. “No one is safe until everyone is safe.”
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