Slow down the Italian vaccination campaign. In the last week they were administered 3.751.029 million doses, down for the first time compared to the previous week (-4,5%). The Gimbe foundation recorded the decline in its latest report on the week from 16 to 22 June. As of June 23, approximately 50 million of doses, equal to 66% than those scheduled for the first half of 2021. “With respect to the estimated supplies – explains the president Gimbe Nino Cartabellotta – they would remain to be delivered by the end of the second quarter 25,9 million doses, the 34% than those originally provided. Even not considering the vaccine of CureVac, which has not successfully passed clinical tests, it is certain that 18.6 million doses will not arrive by the end of the month ». A drop also attested by the extraordinary commissioner Francesco Figliuolo in the letter sent yesterday to the Regions. The general has informed local authorities that the deliveries of doses for July of the vaccines to mRna (Pfizer and Moderna) will suffer a 5% cut compared to those of June. Cuts that forced Lazio instead to postpone the vaccinations of the youngest, that is, those aged 12 to 16. In Puglia, on the other hand, two vaccination hubs have been closed, as reported The Republic.
The alarm of the Regions: the calls in July at risk
In Lombardy, Guido Bertolaso, commenting on Figliuolo’s announcement, speaks of a situation that can create problems not only for Lombardy, “but above all for the more virtuous Regions that have medium-long term planning. We have 100,000 bookings a day until August 4 – he added – If we were to receive supplies below these quantities there would be problems. We are all aware of this issue. This afternoon there will be a meeting in this sense ». Concerns that the governors have already transmitted to Figliuolo and to the Minister of Health, Roberto Speranza, explaining that they could be forced to cancel not only the appointments for the first doses, but also those for the recall. But Figliuolo assured that the slowdown will only be temporary and that the deliveries planned are consistent with the goal set at the beginning of the campaign, that is to immunize 80% of the population by the end of September.