Estimated number of deaths directly averted in people 60 years and older as a result of COVID-19 vaccination in the WHO European Region, December 2020 to November 2021.

Meslé MM, Brown J, Mook P, Hagan J, Pastore R, Bundle N, Spiteri G, Ravasi G, Nicolay N, Andrews N, Dykhanovska T, Mossong J, Sadkowska-Todys M, Nikiforova R, Riccardo F, Meijerink H, Mazagatos C, Kyncl J, McMenamin J, Melillo T, Kaoustou S, Lévy-Bruhl D, Haarhuis F, Rich R, Kall M, Nitzan D, Smallwood C, Pebody RG

Euro Surveill 26 (47) - [2021-11-00; online 2021-11-27]

Since December 2019, over 1.5 million SARS-CoV-2-related fatalities have been recorded in the World Health Organization European Region - 90.2% in people ≥ 60 years. We calculated lives saved in this age group by COVID-19 vaccination in 33 countries from December 2020 to November 2021, using weekly reported deaths and vaccination coverage. We estimated that vaccination averted 469,186 deaths (51% of 911,302 expected deaths; sensitivity range: 129,851-733,744; 23-62%). Impact by country ranged 6-93%, largest when implementation was early.

Category: Health

Type: Journal article

PubMed 34823641

DOI 10.2807/1560-7917.ES.2021.26.47.2101021

Crossref 10.2807/1560-7917.ES.2021.26.47.2101021

pmc: PMC8619871

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