Italy surpasses 10 million vaccines applied – 03/31/2021

ROME, 31 MAR (ANSA) – Italy on Wednesday (31) surpassed the mark of 10 million doses of vaccines applied against the new coronavirus. At around 10:30 am (Brasília time), the country registered exactly 10,018,265 doses administered of the immunizations of Biontech / Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Moderna.

To date, 6,875,106 people have been vaccinated in Italy, which is equivalent to 11.5% of the national population, with 3,143,159 taking both doses, which represents just over 5% of the country’s inhabitants.

Currently, the Italian health authorities apply about 250 thousand doses per day, but the goal of the government of Prime Minister Mario Draghi is to reach 500 thousand vaccinated daily in mid-April.

According to the official timetable, Italy will achieve collective immunity of 60% of the population by the end of July. In addition, the government expects to hit 70% in the second half of August and 80% in mid-September.

There is currently no consensus in the scientific community as to which portion of the population needs to be vaccinated in order for the virus to stop spreading – the so-called herd immunity -, but estimates tend to be at least 60%. (ANSA).

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