"If now, as a result, an extra 10 million high-risk people were to go onto statin treatment, this would save about 50,000 lives a year that's a thousand each week. "
That's sales talking. There is no proof behind such a statement.
Again, we have absolute proof statins lower cholesterol. But it stops there.
Beyond that, all we have are associations drawn from studies that are predominantly industry sponsored, and highly influenced by commercial interests. But no absolute proof exists statins ever averted a heart attack in anyone.