WHO: Vaccines saved more than one million lives in Europe

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Coronavirus vaccines have saved more than one million lives in Europe and countries of the former Soviet Union since the end of 2020. That’s according to a new World Health Organization (WHO) report.

This figure was calculated based on death counts and vaccine doses administered in 26 countries. Since the outbreak of the CoV pandemic about three years ago, more than two million people in the WHO Europe region have been confirmed to have died from Covid-19, according to the report presented at the European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases in Copenhagen on Monday.

Primarily people over 60
The effectiveness of the vaccines was weighted differently depending on the predominant coronavirus variant for each wave of the pandemic. Indirect effects of the vaccines were not taken into account, he said. According to the report, most people (96 percent) saved by the vaccines were older than 60 years. A considerable number of deaths were prevented during the Omicron surge. The number of lives saved by vaccines during this phase was estimated at nearly 570,000.

WHO’s European area director, Richard Pebody, urged unvaccinated people to be protected. “We are seeing through our research the large number of lives saved by Covid-19 vaccine across Europe in the pandemic,” Pebody said, according to a news release.

The World Health Organization’s Europe region comprises 53 countries, including Russia and several countries in the Caucasus and Central Asia, in addition to European Union and European Economic Area member states.

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