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Due to the delay in vaccinations, the elderly in Italy are paying the price again

BERGAMO, Italy (AP) – A year ago, Pope John XXIII Hospital in Bergamo collapsed as doctors struggled to treat 600 patients, 100 of whom were in the intensive care unit. Army trucks pushed the dead out of the city’s overcrowded crematorium with images that are now invading the collective epidemic memory.

The picture is much better now. The hospital treats more than 200 patients with the virus, only a quarter of whom require resuscitation.

However, unchanged, as Italy’s mortality rate rises once again, the victims remain mostly elderly and vaccine engines are slipping in the country and in other European countries.

“No, alas, I was not able to protect the elderly so I could understand how much it could protect the elderly,” said Dr. Luca Lorin, head of resuscitation at the afternoon hospital. Pope of the 20th century, born in Bergamo. “If I have 10 elderly people over the age of 80, they get COVID, eight out of 10 people in their age group die.”

“It was true in the first terrible wave, in the subsequent tremors it remained ‘absolutely the same,'” he said.

Promises to vaccinate Italians over the age of 80 remained sad until the end of March amid well-documented vaccine stockpiles and organizational shortcomings. Only one-third of Italy’s 7.3 million doses so far have fallen into that age group, with more than half of those with memories of World War II still waiting for their first blow.

“We should have finished with that,” Lorin told the Associated Press.

Italy’s new Prime Minister Mario Draghi promised to speed up the vaccine campaign during a visit to Bergamo on Thursday. His words came as he opened the park in honor of Italy’s more than 104,000 victims. At the beginning of March, two-thirds of those deaths occurred in people over the age of 80.

“We are here to promise our elders that nothing else will ever happen, that fragile people will not receive adequate help and protection. “Only in this way will we honor those who have left us,” said Dragin Bergamo, marking the anniversary of the death of the first soldier in the army.

Italy can hope for its future by looking at Britain, the first country in Europe to allow widespread vaccinations. More than 38% of the UK population has been vaccinated since the beginning of December, from over 70s to healthcare workers.

Britain, which leads Europe in virus deaths, has seen deaths of people over the age of 75 fall from 75% of the total before the vaccination campaign to 64% of the week ending March 5. Deaths in Britain fell by an average of 128 every day for the past seven days, from a high of 1,248 on the week ended January 20, thanks to blockchain measures.

Spain, France, and Italy, along with health care workers, have made it a priority to vaccinate nursing home residents, who are most affected by the spring tide. They account for almost a third of the death toll in Italy’s first wave, and almost a third of the death toll in France – 91,100.

In France, COVID-19 infections մահ deaths in nursing homes are steadily declining as the number of people vaccinated rises, with 85% receiving at least one shot. Early signs indicate that since February, the proportion of patients over the age of 75 նույնպես has also begun to decline, with almost half of this age group vaccinated at least in part. The improved picture of foster care comes amid a new outbreak in France.

In Spain, after the first phase of the vaccination program, there was a huge decline in infections and mortality in nursing homes, with a significant decline in mortality.

In Italy, where nursing home vaccinations began in January, low rates of infection in nursing homes were declared an “early success” compared to mid-February.

“We can not consider this an absolute victory for the vaccine strategy,” said Dr. ovan Iovanni Rezza, Director of Infectious Diseases at the Ministry of Health.

Rezza said Friday that they aim to double the 200,000 vaccines a day when the AstraZeneca shot is used again. Its use was halted shortly after reports of blood tissue in some vaccine recipients, although international health agencies urged governments to implement the directive, saying the benefits outweighed the risks.

Italy’s infection rate For the seventh week in a row, which is advancing rapidly in the UK, more than 2.5 million Italians over the age of 80 are waiting to be filmed. Worst of all, many do not yet know when they can get them.

Luca Fusco founded a group that remembers the dead, defending justice in their memory after his father died of COVID-19 on March 11, 2020.

Her mother, who was celebrating her 83rd birthday on the anniversary of her husband’s death, had not been vaccinated for more than a month. Fusco said this was true for most of the several hundred elders in their small town near Bergamo, noting that each of them had to travel 20 kilometers to get each shot, which is a burden for many.

Italy aims to vaccinate 80% of the population by September, and Draghi has been appointed army general to resume the campaign. Fusco said his group, Noi Denunceremo (“We Will Condemn”), would act as observers.

“Dragi said that we will all be vaccinated by September. “Perfect,” Fusco said. “It simply came to our notice then. If that’s not true, we will listen to our voice… կ We will ask Dragi for an explanation. “


Associated Press writers in London, John von Lester և Sylvie Corben in Paris, Joseph’s Wilson in Barcelona, ​​Frank Jord son in Berlin և Samuel Petrekin in Brussels.


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