Covid vaccines have saved at least 39,000 lives – Greek City Times

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Nearly 40,000 lives have been saved thanks to COVID-19 vaccines, according to infectious disease expert Sotiris Tsiodras.

“Since the start of the pandemic and until April 2022, 39,000 deaths have been averted thanks to vaccination in Greece,” Tsiodras told a conference in Athens on Thursday.

The Professor of Medicine and Infectious Diseases at the University of Athens and chief scientific advisor for the COVID-19 pandemic for the Greek Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the government, stressed that “three doses are better only two”.

Speaking at the conference organized by the Hellenic Society for Infectious Diseases, Tsiodras also noted, however, that vaccination coverage has been patchy, warning that this “facilitates the emergence of new strains”.

Sotiris Tsiodras.

“It’s hard to predict the future, but we can’t rule out variants that are more transmissible and more capable of evading vaccine protection,” he said.

On a more positive note, Tsiodras said Greece can expect a relatively calm summer in terms of the pandemic due to widespread Covid inoculation and recovery from the virus.

“The hybrid immunity obtained in this country and in Europe, combined with the good weather, will help us control and reduce the epidemic in the fall,” he said.

Speaking of masks, he said “There is no reason to remove the mask in places such as hospitals, pharmacies, public transport”.

Tsiodras stressed that in the future it will be a free and conscious choice to wear a mask, but strongly suggested that people in high-risk groups continue to wear it.

Greece has confirmed 8,015 new coronavirus infections in the past 24 hours, the National Public Health Organization (EODY) announced on Wednesday, bringing all confirmed infections since the start of the pandemic to 3,343,565.

Thirty-two people infected with Covid-19 died in the past 24 hours and there were 231 Covid-19 patients on ventilators.

Of the daily total, the number of possible reinfections in the past 24 hours was 660, while the total number of reinfections since the start of the pandemic was estimated at 124,363 (3.6% of total positives).

The latest deaths brought the total death toll from the pandemic to 29,284. Of these, 95.5% had an underlying condition and/or were aged 70 or over.

The median age of the 231 patients on ventilators was 71 years and 93.1% had an underlying condition and/or were aged 70 or older. Of the total, 119 (51.52%) were unvaccinated or partially vaccinated and 112 (48.48%) were fully vaccinated.

A total of 4,614 patients have been discharged from ICUs since the start of the pandemic.

In addition, 155 Covid-19 patients were admitted to hospital in the last 24 hours (daily variation: +15.67 pct). The average admission of Covid-19 patients to hospitals over the past seven days was 162.

The median age of new infections was 36 years (range: 0.2 to 112 years), while the median age of those who died was 79 years (range: 0.2 to 106 years).

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