New in MMWR: Global COVID-19 Deaths and Vaccination Coverage and more

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February 3, 2023


The figure is a graphic explaining how worldwide, 80% of people who have died from COVID-19 were over 60. There’s a pie chart on a globe stand with 76% of the chart represented in blue. The pie chart description reads, “76% of median COVID-19 vaccination coverage among older adults. Reaching 100% vaccination of older adults globally will help save lives.” Coverage rates were reported by countries for older adults completing a primary COVID-19 vaccine series by the end of 2022.

COVID-19 Mortality and Progress Toward Vaccinating Older Adults — World Health Organization, Worldwide, 2020–2022

COVID-19–associated mortality among persons aged ≥60 years exceeded 80% of total COVID-19 mortality in 2020 and 2021 across all income groups; however, the median reported completed primary series coverage among older adults in 2022 was 76%, substantially below the WHO goal, especially in middle- and low-income countries.



Figure is a bar graph indicating the age-adjusted percentage of U.S. adults aged ≥18 years with arthritis in 2021, by sex and race and Hispanic origin, based on data from the National Health Interview Survey.

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MMWR Weekly Briefing Podcast: Week of January 23

The latest MMWR Weekly Briefing is live. Topics include: effectiveness of the updated COVID-19 vaccine against Omicron XBB-related variants, prevention and treatment of COVID-19 for people with weakened immune systems, and more. Listen and subscribe on: Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, and Google Play.

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