Italy Reached Half a Million Vaccinations per Day to Accomplish April Target
Italy has vaccinated half a million people against the corona virus in 24 hours. announced Italian Minister of Health.
This means that an target for April has been achieved. Actually, that should have happened two weeks ago, but that hope was dashed by delays in the delivery of vaccines and the persistent doubts about poking with AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson.
“Vaccination is the real way out of these very difficult months,” Italian Minister Speranza wrote on Twitter.
So far about 19.4 million Italians have received at least one first dose; 5.8 million people have now been fully vaccinated, just under 10 percent of the population. These figures are in line with the European average.
Italy is one of the countries most affected by corona. Experts fear that it will be a problem to continue to receive half a million injections every day in the coming weeks. This is mainly caused by a shortage of vaccines. This situation may persist until the end of May.
At the beginning of this year, the government expressed the expectation that 57.2 million doses would be delivered before the summer. A scientist from the think tank ISPI estimates the actual number on the basis of current data at only 36 million. Most of it comes from Pfizer / BioNTech.
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