A report released by the European section of the World Health Organization said Thursday that vaccines against Covid-19 have saved the lives of at least half a million people. in Europe.
According to it studio, since the start of the vaccination campaign 470,000 lives have been saved just counting the over 60s in about thirty European countries with a total population of about 460 million people.
It is interesting to note that the estimate is conservative because it does not take into account the number of lives saved among children under 60, nor because of the decrease in the transmission rate of the infection.
The studio, conducted using collected data in more than half of the 53 countries in the European branch of the World Health Organization estimate that nearly 160,000 lives have been saved in England and about 39,000 in France. Data is not available for 20 countries in the region, including Russia, Turkey, Germany and the Netherlands.
Vaccination must be continued
For his part, Hans Kluge, regional director of the Foundation for Europe, said: “What this studio it shows is that (vaccines) do what they promise, which is to save lives and provide very high protection against dangerous forms and death, “urging countries to continue vaccination campaigns.
“In some countries, the number of deaths would have doubled compared to now without vaccines,” added Kluge.
Hans Kluge stressed the need for vaccines to be accompanied by a series of preventive measures to keep infection levels low and avoid closures.
Furthermore, 67.7 percent of the European Union population received two doses of the vaccine, but the differences are large between countries, as only 25 percent of Bulgarians were vaccinated compared to 86.7 percent of Portuguese.
In all, more than 1.5 million people have died from COVID-19 in the region since the outbreak began, 90% of whom are over 60.
And the World Health Organization warned Tuesday of the risk of an additional 700,000 deaths in Europe by spring. And he called for a mixed approach that combines vaccination, wearing a mask, prevention measures and social distancing.
The organization also warned Wednesday that the highly contagious delta mutant reduced the effectiveness of vaccines against disease transmission to 40 percent.
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