Vaccines provide good value for money in low- and middle-income countries

That is according to a Health Affairspaper by So Yoon Sim et al. (2020).

We estimated economic benefits using cost-of-illness and value-of-a-statistical-life approaches and combined this estimation with immunization program costs to derive the return on investment from immunization programs against ten pathogens for ninety-four low- and middle-income countries for the period 2011–30. Using the cost-of-illness approach, return on investment for one dollar invested in immunization against our ten pathogens was 26.1 for the ninety-four countries from 2011 to 2020 and 19.8 from 2021 to 2030. Using the value-of-a-statisticallife approach, return on investment was 51.0 from 2011 to 2020 and 52.2 from 2021 to 2030. The results demonstrate continued high return on investment from immunization programs

Despite the significant negative health and economic impact it has wrought, as a silver lining hopefully COVID-19 can help remind us of the tremendous value vaccines provide to humanity.

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