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Covid-19 vaccine: SAMRC research shows excess deaths have declined in people aged 60 and over

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Funeral parlour staff preparing a grave for a Covid-19-related death at Waterval Cemetery in Chloorkop, Johannesburg.
Funeral parlour staff preparing a grave for a Covid-19-related death at Waterval Cemetery in Chloorkop, Johannesburg.
PHOTO: Felix Dlangamandla

The latest excess deaths report by the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) indicates that fatalities among those 60 and older have shown a decrease since the Covid-19 vaccination drive started. 

The SAMRC has been tracking excess deaths in the country since the Covid-19 pandemic started last year.  

The latest report tracked excess deaths from 25 to 31 July and it showed that, once the vaccination campaign started, excess deaths in the 60-plus age group decreased. 

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