Covid cases worldwide exceed 127 million according to data released by Johns Hopkins University, while confirmed deaths exceed 2.7 million since the start of the pandemic. And in Italy the latest balance – relating to Sunday 28 March – of 19,611 new cases and 297 deaths (here the bulletin with the data and the bulletins that show the situation since the beginning of the pandemic: here those of 2021, here those of 2020). Here is the map of the contagion in the world.
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12.56 – BionTech increases production, 2.5 billion doses in 2021
BioNTech has announced that it intends to produce up to 2.5 billion doses of its Covid vaccine developed with American Pfizer in 2021, thus increasing its production target by 25% compared to what was initially announced. Production capacities are expected to increase as a result of the optimization of production processes, the expansion of the production network and the authorization to take six doses from a vial, explains the German company.
12.55 – Bonaccini: Holidays abroad? An absurd anomaly
The president of the Conference of the Regions and the Emilia Romagna Region Stefano Bonaccini criticizes the possibility of traveling abroad on Facebook: You can’t meet loved ones, maybe a few kilometers away, but can you take a plane and make thousands for fun? A contradiction that also penalizes all tour operators and hoteliers who have been struggling with heavy economic losses for many months. I hope that this absurd anomaly will soon be clarified.
The new ordinance: double swab and quarantine upon return
12.43 – Medical orders: give us the vaccines, we use the Armed Forces to distribute doses
Doctors are ready to vaccinate. Vaccines are in short supply, give them to us. Filippo Anelli, just reconfirmed at the helm of Fnomceo, the National Federation of Orders of Surgeons and Dentists is also asking for the help of the Armed Forces to distribute the doses to the white coats. Almost 200 thousand doctors and dentists are available to vaccinate in the area, according to the methodologies chosen by the Regions and local health authorities: in the hubs, in the offices, at home We have ensured availability, signed protocols, established local agreements.
12.32 – In Lazio one million vaccine administrations
In the Lazio Region, the quota of one million administrations of anti Covid-19 vaccines has been reached. This was announced on Twitter by the official account of the Regional Health System of the Lazio Region. Specifically, 1,001,981 doses have been administered at the moment, while 289,039 people have already been administered the second dose of vaccine.
12 noon – Figliuolo: the goal is to reach 80% of the population by 30 September
During the parliamentary hearing, the commissioner for the Covid emergency, Francesco Paolo Figliuolo reported the numbers and objectives of the vaccination campaign in progress: the administrations reached 9.6 million with an increase for the most vulnerable people: For our elderly and those suffering from serious diseases to date are 3.7 million doses administered. Looking to the future and to the forecasts of incoming supplies, Figliuolo said that for the month of April the growing trend is confirmed with over 8 million doses arriving, of which 400 thousand from Johnson & Johnson. On the goals, the general said to aim for vaccination for 80% of the population by 30 September.
11.43 am – Figliuolo: another 420 new vaccination sites found
Another 420 sites, in addition to the more than two thousand currently active, have been identified for the administration of vaccines and communicated to the Regions. The extraordinary commissioner for the Covid emergency, Francesco Paolo Figliuolo, reported this during the meeting with the social affairs committees of the Chamber and Senate. They were identified among the production sites, large retailers, gyms, schools, structures of associations or of the Italian Bishops’ Conference.
11.40 am – Figliuolo: regions and provinces also vaccinate non-residents
With a new ordinance (3/2021), the extraordinary commissioner for the Covid-19 emergency, Francesco Paolo Figliuolo has the obligation for the Regions to provide for the administration of the vaccine even to non-residents. Each Region or Autonomous Province shall vaccinate not only the population residing there but also those domiciled in the regional territory for reasons of work, family assistance or for any other justified and proven reason that requires a continuous presence in the Region or Autonomous Province.
9.41 am – Liguria, vaccinations at the pharmacy started today
vaccination in pharmacies started today in Liguria, in Genoa: yesterday, at the national level, the agreement (here the text in pdf) was signed between the Ministry of Health, the regions, Federfarma and Assofarm (here the deepening). The president of the Toti Region attended the opening of the first vaccination point in a pharmacy in Genoa. The agreement in Liguria had already been made in January, but the departure was delayed due to the lack of doses. We were ready to go with 5,000 vaccines but we have reduced to 2,200 vaccines a week. We hope that new doses of AstraZeneca will arrive as soon as possible and we are waiting for Johnson & Johnson, said the local president of Federfarma.
10.13 – Vaia (Spallanzani): reopening s, but without everyone free
We must avoid that there is a free all that makes us go back, we must have a peaceful summer. To the microphones of Rtl 102.5, the health director of the National Institute of Infectious Diseases Spallanzani, Francesco Vaia, refers to the reopening planned in many Italian areas after the Easter holidays. I think we should return to breathe culture, cinema and theater. I would reopen them in the conditions in which the churches were kept open, for example, with security, reservations, distances, better to do 1,000 replicas instead of 20 and allow everyone to have access.
9.50 am – Dragons vaccinated with AstraZeneca
The Prime Minister, Mario Draghi, and his wife Maria Serenella Cappello underwent the anti-Covid-19 vaccination this morning in the Termini Station hub as foreseen by the vaccination campaign calendar prepared by the Lazio Region.
9.34 – Pharmacists Order: there are no no-vax reports among us, compact on the vaccine
The National Order of Pharmacists makes it known that there are no reported professionals opposed to the vaccine within the category. Yesterday, Minister Speranza signed an agreement to start the vaccination campaign throughout the national territory.
9.23 am – Laquaniti (police): You can go to the airport, but travel is not recommended
Girolamo Laquaniti, spokesman for the National Association of Police Officers confirms (in Agor, on Rai3) that with the ticket that proves the booking of the trip, even in the red zone, you can go to the airport, using the shortest route. But, the official reiterates, travel abroad is strongly discouraged.
9 am – In 90% of cases, vaccinated people do not infect
Guido Rasi, former executive director of the European Medicines Agency Ema and professor of microbiology at the University of Rome Tor Vergata explains (during the broadcast Open, on Raitre) explains some very important data from the United States on the ability of anti-Covid vaccines to protect not only from the disease, but also from the risk of transmitting the infection: a study done on health personnel tells us that in 90% the vaccinated does not infect. And if it is infected, having a very very low viral load, it gives a mild and almost always asymptomatic infection.
8.30 – Sicily: three arrests for providing false data on swabs and positive numbers. The commissioner: we spread the dead
There are three people arrested by the carabinieri of the Nas of Palermo who, together with the provincial command of Trapani, have discovered a system of offenses committed in the provision of health services during the Covid emergency in Sicily. The accusation of having changed the data on the number of positives and swabs directed to the Higher Institute of Health, thus altering the basis of the information on which the restrictive measures against the spread of the virus are adopted (in short, the colors of the regions) . The crimes contested in the order of precautionary measure under house arrest, issued by the investigating judge of Trapani, at the request of the prosecutor to the manager and to the two close collaborators of the Regional Department for Health Activities and epidemiological observatory of the Department of Health of the Region, are false. material and ideological in competition. Also notified was an invitation to appear and a guarantee notice, as well as the seizure of cell phones for material and ideological falsity against the regional councilor for health, Ruggero Razza. In the interceptions contained in the order of the magistrate, the commissioner Razza would have invited to spread a little the number of dead so as not to make them all appear on the same date. The mayor of Palermo Leoluca Orlando has announced that he will be a civil party.
8.29 – Rasi (ex Ema): Deciding fast on Sputnik? Leave the Agency alone: it will take 3 months
The Ema must be left alone, but what quick times. EMA has to do its job well. Quick to give you the data, it must not be the EMA to hurry. ToOpen on Rai3, the former executive director of the European Medicines Agency Ema, Guido Rasi, comments on the solicitations sent by various parties to the EU regulatory body on the Russian anti-Covid Sputnik V vaccine and on the time required he declares: I believe that to authorize it we it will take a couple of months if that’s okay. So we probably won’t need it.
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