15 million excess deaths

Official reported deaths

Cases, 513,384,685

Deaths, 6,246,828

Technical Advisory Group on COVID-19 Mortality Assessment–mortality-assessment/membership

Five working groups

e.g. group one–mortality-assessment/working-group-1

Convened jointly by the WHO and the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA)

Methods used

14.9 million excess deaths associated with the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 and 2021

Full death toll associated directly or indirectly with the pandemic

That is, excess mortality

1 January 2020 and 31 December 2021

Range 13.3 million to 16.6 million

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General

These sobering data not only point to the impact of the pandemic

but also to the need for all countries to invest in more resilient health systems

that can sustain essential health services during crises,

including stronger health information systems

Generate better data for better decisions and better outcomes

Excess mortality

Number of deaths that have occurred and the number expected (in the absence of the pandemic)

Direct and indirect deaths

(due to the pandemic’s impact on health systems and society)

Health care systems overburdened

Deaths averted during the pandemic

Motor-vehicle accidents, occupational injuries

Most of the excess deaths (84%)

South-East Asia, Europe, the Americas

High-income and low-income countries, 15% of total 14.9 m

Low income countries, 4% of total 14.9 m


Male, 57% of total 14.9 m

Female, 43% of total 14.9 m

Dr Samira Asma, Assistant Director-General for Data, Analytics and Delivery, WHO

Measurement of excess mortality is an essential component to understand the impact of the pandemic.

Shifts in mortality trends provide decision-makers information to guide policies

to reduce mortality and effectively prevent future crises.

Because of limited investments in data systems in many countries,

the true extent of excess mortality often remains hidden

These new estimates use the best available data and have been produced using a robust methodology and a completely transparent approach

Dr Ibrahima Socé Fall, Assistant Director-General for Emergency Response

Data is the foundation of our work every day to promote health, keep the world safe, and serve the vulnerable.

Need to track outbreaks in real-time, everywhere

We know where the data gaps are

Mr Liu Zhenmin, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs

The United Nations system is working together to deliver an authoritative assessment of the global toll of lives lost from the pandemic.

This work is an important part of UN DESA’s ongoing collaboration with WHO and other partners to improve global mortality estimates

Mr Stefan Schweinfest, Director of the Statistics Division of UN DESA

Data deficiencies make it difficult to assess the true scope of a crisis, with serious consequences for people’s lives.

The pandemic has been a stark reminder of the need for better coordination of data systems within countries and for increased international support for building better systems, including for the registration of deaths and other vital events.

Written by Dr. John Campbell

Hello Everyone,My name is John Campbell and I am a retired Nurse Teacher and A and E nurse based in England. I also do some teaching in Asia and Africa when time permits. These videos are to help students to learn the background to all forms of health care. My PhD focused on the development of open learning resources for nurses nationally and internationally.


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  1. They used to blame the unvaxxed for everything. I said bs months ago. It’s now the vaccinated. Mortality happens to people of color, obese, and pre existing medical issues. And the elderly who are vaccinated. Pretty much what no one ever talked about is diet. Eating carbage and not feeding your cells is asking for sickness and death. All they wanted to push was masks distancing and vaccines. All illnesses can be led to nutrition which no medical person knows anything about. Illness starts at the cellular level. The poor eat a poor diet. The obese eat a poor diet. The numbers are skewed. Died of Covid died with Covid two different things. If you had any of the hundreds of immune compromised issues your not going to come through it well.

  2. Question about hepatitis in children (not jabed themselves) – is it true, there are no cases in sweden (in a journal I did not find sweden mentioned) ? Then you could derive / assume the immunological caspar hauser effect (= no contact to any germ during lockdown) – or are hepatitis cases there as well? Thank you so so much for giving researched informations through all this time!

  3. Perhaps the hyperwealthy people are inside playing on their computers and watching TV…no sun sourced Vitamin D, no exercise and all the while, eating junk food; while the hypowealthy people are outside soaking in the Vitamin D from the sun, exercising and not eating as much junk food.

    Not to mention the hyperwealthy had access to vackzines and the hypowealthy only had access to the cheap (4)ermectin that never works on covid and is extremely dangerous to use. Wait…something's wrong with my reasoning. 😁

  4. Third world countries had less deaths because they don’t have the crappy western garbage in stores to eat. It’s not food. It’s taking a good product and turning into a non nutritious pile of garbage.

  5. They also divided the #'s hospitalizations of with C19 and because of C19, 2 years into the pandemic, due to public outcry, and it was about a 50 50 split. So they lied for 2 years. ⁉️ They used the original stats to justify the closures of schools, workplaces.

  6. You very last statement made no sense to me! The excess deaths are a result of policies in wealthier countries and they suffered the higher numbers of deaths. If less vaccinated countries did better death wise there is an underlying reason. I must have missed something!

  7. In the past 2 years, People were denied basic medical treatment here 🇨🇦, if they had fever, cough. They refuse to allow them in the building. This is medical malpractice and unethical. ⁉️ Fell and need an x-ray and have a cough (from asthma) no x-ray for you.

  8. There are antiviral meds (steroids), available for viruses, 🇨🇦doctors were not allowed to prescribe them, patients were not allowed to see a doctor, c19 got worst. ⁉️

  9. A link between rich countries, vaccinations, and a much higher death rate – makes me think of a few things: a younger population in the lower-income countries and a lower percentage of high-risk comorbidity in those populations = fewer deaths. Ok. But do the living conditions also influence our immune system? The overall obsession in the rich countries with cleanliness in the home and thus less exposure to pathogenes and perhaps a reduced overall immune system (guess)?

  10. The mental gymnastics people are going through so they can pretend to be right in this comment section. Y'all need to look up cognitive dissonance.

  11. It would be helpful if this report covered countries like Mexico – who handed out Ivermectin, very early on, to whomever who turned up at hospitals etc with symptoms. There was and is such hostility directed at doctors who try to help patients early on with symptoms. Seemingly, the only treatment deemed acceptable, was once the person was in hospital in a serious condition.

  12. With the latest 80 000 page document drop from Pfizer we're learning that these shots only gave you 12% protection for 1 week and not 95% as claimed, Of course we only got these documents because a court ordered their release.

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