Rome (AP) – The northern Italian region of Lombardy, where the European coronavirus outbreak broke out last year, on Thursday asked the national government for more vaccines to help prevent a new wave of tax evasion in the state of Brescia.
Brescia, with a population of about 1.2 million, has seen its daily workload shift from the mid-100s in early February to 901 on Wednesdays, in part due to the British-style harassment case. Doctors say the number of COVID-19 patients recently admitted to Brescia General Public Hospital has risen from an average of about 200 to 300.
The governor of the region, Atilio Fontana, said on Thursday he had called the health minister saying Lombardy needed “immediate delivery of vaccines” to the area where the virus is growing.
Already, Lombardy, Italy’s most populous region, has introduced new blockchain measures in Brescia, redesigning its vaccine strategy to move hand-held pores to Brescia and neighboring Bergamo. The goal of the strategy is to vaccinate as soon as possible in the most affected areas.
Guido Bertolaso, head of the vaccine campaign, said the region was going to bypass the 30% reserve that the national government recommends for second doses, and that vaccinations for people aged 60-79 would begin earlier than planned. Lombardy has only recently begun vaccinating people over the age of 80, giving priority to health care workers and nursing home residents.
According to Bertolaso, the aim of the campaign is to create a “health chain” in the area with the blanket vaccine, based on the British-Israeli study, and even Lombardy’s own data, which show a decline in the rate of infection as more people live. be vaccinated with even one dose.
“This is a war,” he said.
Brescia Deputy Mayor Laura Castelletti said residents were ready to adopt new blocking measures, including closing all day care centers in schools, as long as the vaccine campaign could be accelerated.
“We are ready to make sacrifices if the vaccination campaign continues 24/7,” he said.
During the first wave of the epidemic, which began this year last year, Brescia and neighboring Bergamo were hit hardest by the two states, and Lombardy quickly became the epicenter of an outbreak in Europe.
Lombardy accounts for almost a third of Italy’s 96,600 confirmed COVID-19 deaths and one-fifth of its 2.85 million confirmed infections. Italy has the sixth highest number of confirmed deaths in the world, and the second highest in Europe after Britain.
Italy’s 3.87 million-dose vaccine campaign has slowed due to delays in deliveries to three EU-supplied pharmaceutical companies, Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca.
It was not immediately clear whether the Ministry of Health would send any vaccine to Lombardy, given the previously established quotas that have already given the maximum doses there.
Italy’s viral tsar, Domenico Arcuri, did not respond to Fontana’s request in a statement on Thursday, but boasted that vaccinations had shown “comforting growth” this week, averaging 100,000 daily in the country.
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