Vaccines, record of administration with Moderna due to Pfizer’s shortage of stocks: bottleneck risk for third doses

Vaccines, record of administration with Moderna due to Pfizer’s shortage of stocks: bottleneck risk for third doses
Vaccines, record of administration with Moderna due to Pfizer’s shortage of stocks: bottleneck risk for third doses

For the first time since the beginning of vaccination campaign in Italy the administrations of Modern have reached those of Pfizer: last week, between November 29 and December 5, they were inoculated one million and 349 thousand doses of Moderna out of a total of 3 million. There had never been so many in 7 days. Now the overtaking: between Monday and Tuesday the administration of the compound was 551mil, against Pfizer’s 469 thousand. What is happening? To understand the reason for this change of course just look at stocks that remained in the refrigerators: out of the 5.4 million doses left over, more than 3 million are from Moderna. Pfizer vials available to Italy they are running out. For this reason, while waiting for new supplies, they are used with the slingbar. However, with the risk of creating a bottleneck in the rush to third doses: most Italians received the first two Pfizer doses, now some prefer to wait and do not receive the Moderna booster.

“There won’t be a shortage of stocks. We can go on increasing the first doses, as is happening, and proceeding with the third doses “, he said in recent days on Sky TG24 the Undersecretary of Health, Pierpaolo Sileri. Since mid-November, vaccinations have started grow and last week the average daily administration again exceeded the quota 400mila, as had not happened since the summer. To drive the new recovery – beyond a few first doses – are above all the doses “booster”Which day after day become available to the vast majority of the population. Not even the government and the structural commissioner, writes the Corriere della Sera, they expected a surge of this magnitude. If the planned supply of another 10 million doses will arrive by the end of the year, as foreseen by the agreements negotiated between the EU Commission and pharmaceutical companies, the available stocks will however sufficient, as Sileri promised.

Numbers in hand, without the new arrivals Italy has the counted vials to get to the end of the year. And right now it is Modern to keep standing the vaccination campaign, also considering that the booster is inoculated for the booster half a dose. The 3 million still present in the refrigerators, therefore, are worth “double”. It is an absolute novelty, given that so far Italy has received 74 million of doses of Pfizer and just 17 million of Moderna. And even the Italians find themselves disoriented: in Rome and in other Regions where you can choose which preparation to use, he says Republic, you can also find appointments for the next day opting for Moderna, while if you want Pfizer you have to wait even until January. The Councilor for Health of the Lazio Region, Alessio D’Amato, guest today at RaiNews24 he wanted to reassure everyone: “Citizens who have booked Pfizer can rest assured as well as those who have booked or will book Moderna. We have to date about 1.5 million bookings for the month of December and there are currently no problems ”.

The same commissioner structure led by the general Francesco Paolo Figliuolo, however, he admitted to Republic the need for a “balance” between Pfizer and Moderna administrations. As has already happened in the past, the order is linked to logistical rather than scientific needs. Although numerous studies show effectiveness of heterologous vaccination, however between two compounds both a mRna, in December the vaccine hubs will push for the third dose with Modern because the doses of Pfizer are running out (and are used for new vaccinations). From January, when a conspicuous new arrival of vials of the German-American compound, Pfizer will return to offer mainly in the majority hubs.

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