“We’ve had about 10,000 people who’ve died and we have no indication they were vaccinated,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, a professor of infectious diseases at the University of California, San Francisco, told the Associated Press.
Faucis, who is also a co-author of the new study, said that although the results are encouraging, they do not offer a definitive answer to the mystery.
“It is too early to tell how many of the people who have died had the vaccine or not,” he said.
The study is one of several published since last year that have focused on the role of the coronavirus in the spread of the disease.
The CDC says there are more than 11,000 cases of coronaviruses worldwide, and more than 12,000 deaths, with many more in the process of being diagnosed.
The new study focused on three coronavire viruses, including the coronavia virus, coronaviral meningitis and coronavillavirus, to see how many people were vaccinated with the correct strain.
“We found that people who were vaccinated got fewer coronavires than those who weren’t vaccinated,” said Dr. Stephen Schuster, a vaccine researcher at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
“I think that’s a very encouraging result.”
Researchers say it is too soon to tell whether the study is definitive.
In the meantime, the CDC recommends that anyone with questions about the vaccine, including those who haven’t been vaccinated, contact their doctor.