Covid, the government’s “save Christmas” plan: sprinting on third doses and hypotheses to reduce the validity of the green pass

Covid, the government’s “save Christmas” plan: sprinting on third doses and hypotheses to reduce the validity of the green pass
Covid, the government’s “save Christmas” plan: sprinting on third doses and hypotheses to reduce the validity of the green pass

Italy. The fourth wave of Covid slowly assumes the guise of the Grinch and, according to the opinion of experts, now seriously risks undermine the normality of next Christmas.

Packs to be unwrapped in company under the tree and family dinners are awaited by everyone, after last year’s “remote” Christmas, but while intensive care and ordinary hospitalizations for now they still appear far from the alarm thresholds, the virus spread is increasing. And the political world runs for cover on input from science.

Between hypothesis, they make their wayaccelerated decision on third doses for all e the reduction of the Green Pass, currently about 12 months: someone even requests that times are halved (valid for 6 months), but the hypothesis that is becoming more and more concrete is that of one reduction to 9 months, tying him to a double mandate the vaccine and excluding swabs.

If on the one hand, the Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio he admitted his “concern for the progress of the virus”, however remarking “the intention to leave the country open”, on the other hand the words of the Undersecretary of Health were more reassuring Pierpaolo Sileri who spoke bluntly of “free Christmas this year”.

“In Italy, infections are growing and it is necessary to raise the level of attention, – said the Minister of Health, Roberto Speranza, during the show ‘Che tempo che fa’ on Rai 3. – The choice of Italy at the moment is to accelerate the recall of the anti Covid-19 vaccine. It all depends on our behavior and the vaccination campaign, but the situation in the coming weeks appears insidious “.

An alarm strongly emphasized by the world of science where there are who, how Walter Ricciardi, consultant of the Ministry of Health, asks for a “hard punch” with “a request to cancel the Green Pass to those who are clearly late or refuse the third dose”.

The Christmas dinner should take place “among all vaccinated” according to Fabrizio Pregliasco, medical director of the Galeazzi hospital in Milan, who then defined the rapid swab as a “useful but unsafe tool because it only provides a snapshot, while one can positivize oneself just after 2 minutes”.

The position of, among others, is also clear Andrea Crisanti, professor of microbiology at the University of Padua, according to which “the third dose will be up to everyone to ensure solid protection, while the Green Pass,” should be linked to vaccines and no longer to swabs, with a reduction of validity to 6 months and not 12 “.

Matteo Bassetti, director of the San Martino Infectious Diseases Clinic suggests, however, in view of Christmas: “Vaccine everyone, even children aged 5 and over. Third dose for over 60s. And a sort of super Green Pass that can only be obtained with the vaccine for those activities of not primary importance, such as restaurants, cinemas or stadiums. Another Christmas in lockdown is absolutely unthinkable. So I don’t want to start hearing about closed shops or the like right now. We don’t talk about it “.

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