Italy beats record of anti-Covid vaccines applied in one day

The Italian Ministry of Health announced on Thursday (1st) that the country broke a vaccination record in a single day, with 282,158 doses against Covid-19 applied.

Anti-Covid vaccination campaign in Genoa, Italy

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The highest number of vaccines administered in just one day since the start of the immunization campaign was reached on Wednesday (31) and was the closest to the goal of 300,000 daily doses set in the national plan for the end of March.

The government expects to vaccinate half of the country’s population by June this year, when the European summer begins. Recently, Health Minister Roberto Speranza said he believed the next quarter would be decisive for vaccination.

The government expects to receive more than 50 million doses in this second quarter. So far, around 7 million people have been immunized in Italy (almost 12% of the national population), with 3.2 million taking both doses (just over 5% of the inhabitants).

Despite the daily record, Italian territories have warned of a lack of anti-Covid doses. In the Lazio region, there is a risk that the vaccination campaign will be halted if the planned 122,000 vials of AstraZeneca do not arrive.

“If the expected 122,000 vaccines from AstraZeneca do not arrive within the next 24 hours, we are forced against our will to suspend vaccination,” said Alessio D’Amato, Lazio Health advisor.

D’Amato said he expects the suspension to be avoided, because “an imposing machine that must not stop” has been put into operation.

In Veneto, on the other hand, the lack of vaccines has caused the doors of the immunization centers to close, where almost one million doses have been administered so far. However, only 252,725 citizens received both doses. As a result, the number of Italians who are already “protected” by the virus remains stagnant at just over 5%.

Governor Luca Zaia even proposed that “80 thousand vaccinations per day” be carried out, but for that it would be necessary to supply 80 thousand doses per day. “Yesterday, however, even with the machine already on, 37,276 inoculations were administered. Stocks of vaccines, the alarm went off for days, difficult to reach”.

In Italy, the new coronavirus pandemic has left more than 109,000 dead and 3.6 million cases since the start of the health emergency. “The vaccination campaign is ongoing and wherever we can vaccinate we see that there is a drop in the rate of infections,” concluded Speranza.

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