Shanghai’s life-saving efforts against the current omicron wave of the COVID-19 pandemic – The Lancet

As of May 4, 2022, among the 503 people who died with or from COVID-19, only 25 patients had received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccination rate for the deceased patients was only 4·97%. If no strict public health measures were taken, such as large scale viral nucleic acid and antigen screening, quarantine of infected cases and close contacts in shelter hospitals and hotels, respectively, and lockdown of districts with severe outbreak, the number of severe to critical cases and the resultant death toll could be high among the older people without vaccination. The strict and comprehensive pandemic control strategies in Shanghai are therefore actually to reduce the number of people infected and to provide early diagnosis and appropriate treatment for severe COVID-19 so that the case fatality rate can be minimised, and to buy time for full vaccination coverage. Source: Shanghai’s life-saving efforts against the current omicron wave of the COVID-19 pandemic – The Lancet