The World Health Organization (WHO) assumes that there will be at least one corona vaccination in Europe alone half a million people saved life. The WHO European Office in Copenhagen published a report on Thursday according to which a total of 470,000 lives have been saved in the age group over 60 in around 30 European countries since the vaccination campaign began.

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

Without vaccines, death toll would be twice as high

The study shows that the vaccines do what they promise: “They save lives by offering a high level of protection against severe disease and death,” said WHO European Director Hans Kluge. “In some countries, without the vaccines, the death toll would be twice as high today.”

In the European Union, 67.7 percent of the population are vaccinated. There are enormous differences between the individual member states: in Portugal the vaccination rate is 86.7 percent, in Bulgaria it is only 25 percent.

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