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.