“Continuing to have responsibility e caution, next autumn will not be like what we experienced in 2020. To date we have 40% of the population who have had at least one dose of vaccine and 21% the entire vaccination cycle ”. Franco Locatelli, president of the Higher Council of Health and coordinator of the Cts, in an interview with Republic he says he is convinced that Italy has reached the “turning point“In the fight against Covid. Friday, according to data released by the Minister of Health Roberto Speranza, the quota has been exceeded 600mila vaccinations. “Let’s continue like this. It is the right way ”, writes the minister on facebook. They thus rise to 24.3 million people received the first dose e 12.7 million those who completed the vaccination cycle. According to the latest data published on the vaccines portal Agents, dating back to Friday, Italy ranks at sixth among the 27 EU countries in the ranking of administrations per 100 inhabitants, with a percentage equal to 61.02%, ahead of France and Spain. In terms of fully vaccinated population, Italy ranks second in Europe immediately after Germany, but the data of the other countries dates back to a day or two earlier than the Italian ones
“I have always been cautious”, recalls Locatelli, “but by now the data are consolidated in the direction of a very marked reduction of new cases and what is more important, of severe or fatal forms of Covid “. On balance, according to the hematologist and academic “we can claim, as a system, that evidently the ‘reasoned risk‘with which the reopening was planned it wasn’t that weak as someone had hypothesized “. Both the cumulative incidence of cases, reduced to 32 cases per 100 thousand inhabitants, and the new admissions to intensive care, which on Friday were only promising. 22 and the number of seats of resuscitation occupied by Covid patients, 836 against 3,700 at the beginning of April.
As for the risk of variants, vaccines “control them” and “prevent serious forms of the disease, whatever the variant”. The turning point, therefore. But it is necessary to proceed with judgment. Regarding the use of the mask, for example: “I understand people’s desire to free themselves from an object that is also very symbolic. A path will have to be made gradual, starting from the contexts outdoors, where there is less risk of contagion, and then move indoors. We still wait a month, a month and a half. By mid-July – says Locatelli – we will also address this aspect. I would like attention to remain more focused on completing the vaccination ”.