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COVID-19 ワクチンによってヨーロッパ全体で 100 万人以上の命が救われました


European Congress of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases (ECCMID) で発表された新しい研究では、COVID-19 ワクチン接種により、2020 年 12 月から 2023 年 3 月までの間にヨーロッパで少なくとも 1,004,927 人の命が救われたことが明らかになりました。救われた命の大部分 (96%) は高齢者でした。 60 歳以上で、最初のブースターでこの年齢層で救われた命の 64% を占めています。 オミクロンの波は、少なくとも 568,064 人の死亡を防ぎ、最大数の命を救いました。 これらの有望な数字にもかかわらず、WHOヨーロッパ地域の多くの脆弱な個人はワクチン接種を受けていないか、部分的にワクチン接種を受けているため、ワクチン接種率が低い国では高齢者を優先する必要性が強調されています.

新しい調査によると、救われた命の 96% は 60 歳以上の成人でした。

The new estimates by WHO/Europe and presented at the conference by Dr Margaux Meslé, Epidemiologist at WHO/Europe highlight the striking impact of COVID-19 vaccine programmes and also underscore the urgent need for countries with low vaccination coverage to fully vaccinate their older adults.

Since the emergence and subsequent spread of SARS-CoV-2 in early 2020, over 2 million COVID-19 laboratory-confirmed deaths have been officially recorded by WHO/Europe.

Countries in the WHO European Region (which includes all countries in the European Union and European Economic Area) have introduced COVID-19 vaccine programmes to protect vulnerable groups from severe disease with several waves of variants of concern (VOC).

The authors used weekly reported deaths and vaccination doses by 26 countries and areas to WHO/Europe and the European Centre for Disease prevention and Control between December 2020 and March 2023, to calculate the number of lives saved by vaccination dose, VOC period, age group (25 to 49 years, 50 to 59 years and 60 years or older) and country.

Vaccine effectiveness was considered in the context of each dominant VOC period.

The new estimates suggest that the majority (96%) of the lives saved were in people aged 60 years and older.

In this older age group, the first booster saved the most lives, accounting for almost two-thirds (64%) of lives saved.

Overall, across all age groups and countries, vaccines are estimated to have saved the largest number of lives during the Omicron wave, with at least 568,064 deaths prevented. This represents over half (57%) of the lives saved.

This research did not consider the indirect effects of vaccinations, differing healthcare capacities between countries and non-pharmaceutical interventions.

“We see from our research, the large numbers of lives saved by COVID-19 vaccines across Europe during the pandemic. However, too many people in vulnerable groups across the WHO European Region remain unvaccinated or partially vaccinated. We urge people who are eligible and who have not yet taken the vaccine to do so,” says Dr Richard Pebody, Head of the High Threat Pathogen Team at WHO/Europe.

Meeting: ECCMID 2023

This article is based on abstract 01898 at the European Congress of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases (ECCMID) annual meeting. The material has been peer reviewed by the congress selection committee. There is no full paper available at this stage, and the work has not yet been submitted to a medical journal for publication.

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