WHO: Half a million people in Europe saved by vaccination

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The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that CoV vaccinations have saved the lives of at least half a million people in Europe alone. The WHO’s Copenhagen-based European office released a report yesterday that said a total of 470,000 lives have been saved in the over-60 age group alone in about 30 European countries since the vaccination campaign began.

The estimate does not include the under-60 age group. The survey published by WHO draws on data from more than half of the 53 countries in the European Region. Based on these figures, WHO estimates that nearly 160,000 lives were saved in England and about 39,000 in France. Data for 20 countries in the Region were not available for the survey, including Germany, the Netherlands, Russia and Turkey.

The study showed that the vaccines did what they promised: “they save lives by providing a high level of protection against severe courses and death,” said WHO European Director Hans Kluge. “In some countries, the death toll would be twice as high today without the vaccines.”

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) continuously monitors and evaluates the safety of Covid 19 vaccines approved in the EU. These have been tested on tens of thousands of participants in clinical trials and meet EMA standards for safety, efficacy and quality.

For 428 million doses of Comirnaty (BioNTech/Pfizer) administered across the EU, only about 413,000 adverse events occurred by the end of October 2021. Vaxzevria (AstraZeneca) was used 68.8 million times – about 215,000 times subsequently showed abnormalities. Spikevax (Moderna, 61.6 million doses) vaccination was followed by about 95,000 reports of adverse events. Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) was administered 16.3 million times, and the number of reported symptoms was 28,000.

The vast majority of these are mild and short-lived. It is also important to remember that symptoms are not always due to the vaccine. Other health problems are sometimes to blame. All reports are contained in an EU database called EudraVigilance.

sources: www.ema.europa.eu/ORF.at/picture:pixabay.com

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