Coronavirus vaccination has been slowed or suspended in several provinces in Italy due to a vaccine shortage since Wednesday, while the economy is urging the country to reopen its doors as soon as possible.
Several vaccination stations were closed in Sardinia, and the northeastern region of Venice and Naples partially slowed and suspended vaccination after the vaccine reserves were exhausted. Elsewhere, only the second dose is given until another shipment arrives.
More than four million doses of the vaccine were expected by the end of April, according to the health authorities, but so far 175,000 doses of AstraZeneca and 184,000 doses of Johson & Johnson have been received. The last shipment is currently waiting at an air base near Rome until the Italian Medicines Agency decides. Aifa use the vaccine.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a recommendation Tuesday warning against using the Johson & Johnson vaccine as a precaution. According to unofficial information from Aifa, the vaccine can be recommended for people over sixty years old, similar to AstraZeneca.
According to the press, vaccine uncertainty and vaccine shortages have already “crippled” the slow vaccination program. General Francisco Paolo Vigliolo, an epidemiologist, sought to reassure the public by announcing that he would be able to vaccinate those over the age of eighty who had applied to be vaccinated by the end of the month. He added that by the end of June, nearly seven million doses of the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine would be received.
On April 8, the Romanian government ordered age-appropriate vaccination, according to which people over the age of eighty must be vaccinated, then those in their seventies, then those in their sixties, and so on. However, due to the stagnation of vaccine shipments, the health authorities now want to distribute the available vaccine according to the epidemiological situation in the regions. Hospital saturation began to decline, but the number of deaths remained high on Wednesday at 469, taking the number of deaths to more than 115,000. The number of recorded injuries exceeded 3.8 million.
Since the end of December, 13.7 million Italians have been vaccinated. The number of those who received the second dose exceeded 4 million on Wednesday.
Economic representatives urge setting a specific date for restarting sectors. Health Minister Roberto Speranza promised to open in May, possibly after the Labor Day holiday.
The head of the ministry announced that six million euros will be allocated for security measures at the Olympic Stadium in Rome, where the European Summer Football Championship matches will be held in front of spectators.
The Minister of Culture responded in the hope that by that time cinemas and theaters would be able to receive audiences. (MTI)