Italy exceeds the threshold of 25 million immunized against Covid, that is, over 46% of the population over the age of 12 has completed the vaccination cycle. To give further impetus to the campaign – especially among young people and over 60s who miss the call – the hypothesis of an enlarged green pass is emerging, essential for attending sporting or cultural events, but also for traveling and – at the moment less likely – to enter bars and restaurants on the French model. A theme that will be addressed in the coming days, with a control room that could be convened by Mario Draghi at the beginning of the week. In the meantime, checks are intensified for those coming from particular areas, such as Malta, with Sicily having established the mandatory buffer for those coming from Valletta, also in light of the nine positives found on a plane coming from the island and landed in Pescara.
The theme of the green certificate, which divides the majority parties, is intertwined with that of the parameters for assigning colors to the Regions, now that the rapidly rising infections from the Delta variant are once again talking about yellow for some territories. The government seems willing to tackle the issues in an organic way, according to what transpires, with a pragmatic vision of the situation, based on the real data of the contagion. The intention is certainly not to close everything, with Matteo Salvini, contrary to the French model, who after meeting the premier explained: “The extreme choices do not like neither me nor Draghi. We are not for extremism”. And a control room with the premier could be held at the beginning of next week, perhaps as early as Monday, also in light of Friday’s monitoring data, which could lead to a first verification, and the possible orders of the Minister of Health Roberto Speranza. The new measures could take effect as early as the middle of next week. Not excluding the extension of the state of health emergency which expires on 31 July. Some clues about the executive’s intentions are given by the Minister of Regional Affairs and Autonomies Mariastella Gelmini.
“The Delta variant worries us and therefore I believe that an Italian way must be found for the wide use of the green pass – he says -. We do not pursue foreign models but certainly the government will consider extending its use to other services in the logic of encouraging vaccinations. “. But to extend the application of the Green pass to other areas than those provided for by the European regulation, a law is needed: this is the position that the Privacy Guarantor has already expressed in the past, in the opinion on the dpcm for implementing the platform for the issue of the certification and at a hearing in Parliament. Another point to which the president of the Authority, Pasquale Stazione, drew attention is the ownership of control, which belongs to public officials. On the parameters, the Regions seem compact and the president of the Conference of Governors Massimiliano Fedriga asks to evaluate the hospitalizations – which are not going up – and not the infections, instead dragged by the Delta (today over 2 thousand, double of a week ago).
On the enlarged green pass, Lazio, Campania, Emilia Romagna and Liguria, among others, are in favor, while Lombardy and Veneto are against. “Let’s decide together how to best use the green pass”, says Fedriga, recalling that now it is obtained even if healed or with a negative tampon. At the moment, according to calculations by Sky Tg24 on data from the Ministry of Health, 34 million people would be entitled to the Italian green pass (15 days after the first dose of vaccine), while 24.5 would not. In the European version (15 days from complete vaccination), the entitled persons would fall to 19.5 million to date and the non-eligible persons would rise to 40 million. Minister Speranza is satisfied with the 28.4 million green cards already downloaded and considers “a robust figure” that 85% of the school’s staff have received at least one dose. The problem is that in this sector, in view of the reopening in September, there is an oscillation between the vaccination completed in Friuli Venezia Giulia and 43% of teachers and auxiliaries still not immunized in Sicily (on the island there are also 400,000 over 60s from vaccinate and the current average is 2,000 per day). The macroscopic phenomenon of the last period is that, compared to half a million daily inoculations, the overwhelming majority of second doses are made and very few new vaccines are made (yesterday 469 thousand recalls and 86 thousand first doses).