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Covid, over 282 thousand vaccinations in Italy on Wednesday: it’s a record | Lazio and Veneto sound the alarm for the delay in the delivery of doses

Covid, over 282 thousand vaccinations in Italy on Wednesday: it’s a record | Lazio and Veneto sound the alarm for the delay in the delivery of doses
Covid, over 282 thousand vaccinations in Italy on Wednesday: it’s a record | Lazio and Veneto sound the alarm for the delay in the delivery of doses
Figliuolo reassures in Sardinia The emergency commissioner Francesco Figliuolo went to Sardinia – one of the areas with the worst vaccination performance, especially among the over 80s – and reassured: “Between today and tomorrow, over 1.3 million doses of Astrazeneca will arrive”. Over half a million Moderns arrived on Wednesday and a million Pfizer on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Lombardy with its 10 million inhabitants from Thursday will be connected with the Italian Post Office for reservations and hopes to remedy the inefficiencies that lasted weeks.

The government confirms the goal of 500 thousand vaccinated per day Based on the data available from the government, an optimistic picture is drawn, underlining that vaccinations have increased by 269% since the inauguration of Mario Draghi (thanks also to the more massive influx of doses). The goal of vaccinating 500,000 people a day by the end of April is confirmed (the plan indicated the week 14-22), with priority being given to the most elderly and frail.

Fears of delayed delivery of doses The problem, however, could be insufficient doses: with the total 8 million announced by Figliuolo for the month that has just begun, an average of just 266 thousand people a day could be vaccinated, according to calculations. Blame the continuous cuts and delays of the companies, which by contract should have delivered over 28 million doses in the first quarter and have sent half of them. In particular, AstraZeneca weighs, which sent a quarter compared to the estimates of December 2020. The appeal also lacks 2 million Curevacs, not yet approved.

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Lazio and Veneto sound the alarm So here is the alarm especially from the Regions that were going faster, such as Lazio and Veneto. “The vials expected last Monday will perhaps arrive on Saturday”, Nicola Zingaretti’s administration said, fearing a freeze on bookings. We are proceeding for now with the AstraZeneca batch released after the case of suspected deaths. The council of Luca Zaia, on the other hand, announces that it will continue with the remaining doses of Pfizer, pending Moderna and AstraZeneca. In the case of Lazio, however, according to data from the Ministry of Health, 63 thousand doses of the Anglo-Dutch vaccine are still in the fridge, administered on average to 6 thousand people a day in recent days. Perhaps a failure to update. Discrepancies in numbers that still confuse.

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Hope: “Collapse of infections where we can vaccinate” Zingaretti looks ahead and announces that from April 20 the new Johnson & Johnson single-dose will be administered in pharmacies to 55-60 year olds. From the US company – the protagonist of an accident in a plant in the US with millions of doses lost – a turning point in the mass campaign is expected. “Vaccination is on the rise – says Health Minister Roberto Speranza – and wherever we manage to vaccinate we see that there is a drop in the rate of infections”.

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