ROME. ITALY. There is no peace for the AstraZeneca vaccine. While the Netherlands suspends it until April 7, to avoid having to waste doses after yesterday it was decided to temporarily limit vaccination to people over sixty, there is a new case of thrombosis in our country. A 32-year-old woman is hospitalized in the intensive care unit of the San Martino polyclinic in Genoa, after being rescued at home for a thrombotic and hemorrhagic cerebral situation. This was announced by the San Martino management, also reporting that the patient, a teacher, “vaccinated at the Local Health Authority of residence in Liguria with the AstraZeneca vaccine on March 22 and with symptomatic onset from April 2” arrived yesterday in the emergency room in serious condition.
“The Management of the Polyclinic – reads a note – has activated the required reports in the context of pharmacovigilance procedures towards Aifa”. “It is difficult to establish a connection now, it may be chance, predisposition or other,” says the Ligurian governor Giovanni Toti. Many teachers, precisely because of AstraZeneca, reject the hypothesis that the vaccine is mandatory.
In the survey by the specialist magazine “Tecnica della scuola” on the possibility of a compulsory vaccine, 1,850 of the more than 3,000 interviewed say they are against it and almost 1,600 of those who oppose it are teachers. More generally, the vaccination campaign recorded 282,000 injections in one day on Friday, but the regions insist on sounding the alarm about the lack of supplies.
The goal of the emergency commissioner, General Francesco Figliuolo, is to reach 500,000 vaccines per day at the end of April. And the Health Minister, Roberto Speranza, predicts that “by the end of the summer all Italians who want it will be vaccinated”. Who knows if the forecasts will be respected, meanwhile yesterday the total of 10,949,510 administrations was reached, out of almost 12 million and 900 thousand vaccines distributed.
The good news is that the first 400,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine will arrive in Italy in mid-April. It can be injected without an age limit and is single-dose so it does not need the booster provided for the other vaccines. It also keeps in a normal refrigerator for three months, and is also effective against the English and Brazilian variant.
Another 7.3 million doses will arrive by June and another 15.6 million in the third quarter, while the remaining 4 million after October. As for the daily data, yesterday there was a slight decline in the epidemic curve from Covid. There are 21,261 cases, against 21,932 on Friday, with 359,214 swabs, 28,000 more. The positivity rate is down from 6.6% to 5.9%. There are 376 deaths for a total of 110,704 victims since the beginning of the epidemic. Unfortunately, the alarm for intensive care continues where there is a slight increase, 10 more (Friday +23) with 234 admissions on the day, and there are 3,714 in total, while ordinary hospitalizations continue their descent with 215 fewer units (Friday -245), 28,489 in all. The most effective weapon against the coronavirus, in addition to social distancing and individual protection measures, remains the vaccine. This is confirmed by the number of deaths in the United Kingdom yesterday: 10, never so few since September.