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Covid cases worldwide exceed 119 million according to data released by Johns Hopkins University, while confirmed deaths exceed 2.6 million since the beginning of the pandemic. And in Italy the latest balance, relative to Saturday 13 March, of 26,062 new cases and 317 deaths (here the bulletin with the data and here all the bulletins showing the situation since the beginning of the pandemic: here those of 2021, here those of 2020). Here is the map of the contagion.

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10.15 pm – The vaccination campaign in Sicily
The case of vaccines in Sicily always in the foreground. In the new hub center for vaccines in Caltanissetta, the percentage of people who canceled their booking or did not show up in the last few days is high. The general director of the Nissen ASP Alessandro Caltagirone explained today that the data is worrying. And the clarity of the numbers makes it clear. Yesterday in Caltanissetta out of 600 people who had booked the AstraZeneca vaccine only 194 decided to do so. Among the 600 booked there are those who did not show up and those who, once arrived at the hub center, refused to do so. The director Caltagirone said: In the last two days we have registered a worrying percentage of cancellations and cancellations of reservations. On the other hand, a significant portion of the population would like to be vaccinated, but cannot because, unfortunately, it does not fall within the categories identified as priorities by the Ministry. And this, with a view to pursuing the goal of ‘mass vaccination’, creates no small bitterness. On the issue of vaccines, the president of the Sicily Region Nello Musumeci intervened explaining: We have entrusted the judiciary with the task of ascertaining whether there is a correlation between the suspected death and the effect of the vaccine itself. We don’t demonize vaccines. Musumeci stressed the importance of vaccines: There is no alternative if you do not want to be victims of Covid (Salvo Fallica).

21.17 – Son: caregivers and people with disabilities must be vaccinated
The problem of the caregivers of people with disabilities has been acknowledged and parents, guardians and caregivers must be vaccinated, carers to put it in Italian, or those who take care of these people, it would be criminal not to do so. So Commissioner Figliuolo at Che tempo Che fa.

09.04 pm – Burioni: Draghi obliges health workers to be vaccinated
President Draghi makes a decree tomorrow morning to make the vaccination of health personnel mandatory. Just like on construction sites, workers have the obligation to use the protective case. Professor Roberto Burioni says it a What’s the weather like on Rai3 about the outbreak that broke out at the San Martino hospital in Genoa.

20.20 – AstraZeneca: 15 thromboses and 22 pulmonary embolisms for 17 million vaccinated subjects
So far across Europe and the UK, out of a total of 17 million subjects vaccinated with AstraZeneca’s anti-Covid vaccine, there have been 15 DVT events and 22 pulmonary embolism events reported among those who have been administered the vaccine, based on the number of cases the Company received as of March 8. AstraZeneca states this, pointing out that this number of events is much lower than would be expected to occur naturally in a general population of this size and similar for other authorized Covid-19 vaccines.

19.30 – AstraZeneca: Aifa, unjustified vaccine safety alarm
Unjustified alarm about the safety of the AstraZeneca vaccine. The Italian Medicines Agency (Aifa) writes this in a note, underlining that the cases of death occurring after the administration of the vaccine have only a temporal link. No causality was demonstrated between the two events. Aifa underlines that pharmacovigilance activities continue both at national and European level in collaboration with Ema, carefully monitoring possible adverse effects related to vaccination and strongly reassures citizens about the safety of the AstraZeneca vaccine for optimal adherence to the vaccination campaign.

17.50 – The situation in Great Britain
In Great Britain, in the last 24 hours, the authorities have registered 4,618 new cases of Covid. The deaths, on the other hand, were 52. On Saturday, however, the new cases reported were 5,534 and 121 deaths. The latest data on the progress of the vaccination campaign, on the other hand, certify that in the United Kingdom 24,196,211 doses of vaccine were administered (of which about 11 million AstraZeneca) to as many people.

5.15 pm – The new bulletin of the Civil Protection
There are 21,315 new cases of coronavirus in Italy (yesterday they were +26,062, here the bulletin). The number of people who have contracted the Sars-CoV-2 virus (including recovered and died) since the beginning of the epidemic thus rises to at least 3,223,142. Today’s deaths are 264 deaths (yesterday they were +317). Here all the data.

16.32 – The appeal of the president of the CEI: Accelerate on vaccines
During the homily of the Eucharistic celebration of the 24 Hours for the Lord in the co-cathedral of Citt della Pieve, Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti, president of the CEI, launched an appeal to the authorities to speed up the vaccination campaign: We ask with all our strength to regional politics and nationally to speed up as much as possible the decision-making processes about vaccines for their rapid administration, especially to the elderly and frail subjects.

4.15 pm – The position of the Ministry of Health on the Piedmont case
After the precautionary suspension of the use of a batch of the AstraZeneca vaccine decided by the Piedmont region, sources from the Ministry of Health filtered out a statement on the matter, which reads: The only authorities that can make decisions on the safety of vaccines are Aifa and Ema and there is full confidence in their constant surveillance. A stance that seems to be addressed precisely to the decision of the Piedmontese authorities.

15.27 – Pal (Aifa): Piedmont? A lot of emotion on Astrazeneca, there are no risks
The president of Aifa, Giorgio Pal, a Half an hour more, speaking of the Piedmont case, where a batch of the vaccine was suspended, said: There is no risk with Astrazeneca. There’s a lot of emotion about vaccines, back in the days of the flu shot. The president of Aifa then reiterated that to date there is no correlation demonstrated so far nor a causal link between the administration of the vaccine and the deaths that have occurred. According to him, before making certain decisions one must be very careful.

14.50 – Piedmont suspends a batch of the Astrazeneca vaccine as a precaution, then resumes administration
Piedmont has decided to suspend, as a precaution, the use of a batch of the AstraZeneca vaccine after the death of a teacher: there is no evidence of the link between death and vaccination. Once the batch in question has been identified, the administration of the vaccines is then resumed. In total, the suspension lasted about two hours. (here the article with the details)

11.11 – Sanit Ireland requests the suspension of AstraZeneca
Ireland’s health authorities have asked the government to suspend AstraZeneca vaccine after analyzing new drug data provided by the Norwegian Drug Agency on the risk of blood clots. Skynews reports. The Irish Deputy Director of Health, Ronan Glynn, said that no links have been proven between the Covid vaccine AstraZeneca and some cases of blood clots that have occurred. However, based on the precautionary principle and pending further information it is recommended to temporarily suspend the vaccination program with that drug.

9.19 – Vaccine, Toti evaluates the law for health obligations
The Liguria Region is considering introducing by law the compulsory anti-covid vaccine for health personnel. This was announced by the president of the Region Giovanni Toti after the case of the cluster that broke out at the San Martino hospital in Genoa where a nurse was operating who refused the vaccine and was found positive. I have given a mandate to my offices to evaluate the possibility of intervening with a regional law to oblige this category to be vaccinated – said Toti – whoever does this job and refuses to protect himself with the vaccine does not protect the patients he should take care of. And this is unacceptable.

8.40 am – From tomorrow 7 million students at home
From Monday 15 March 6.9 million students will be forced to attend lessons in DAD from tomorrow: eight out of ten (81%) of the 8.5 million pupils enrolled in state and peer schools. Last week it was 5.7 million. There will therefore be an additional 1.2 million pupils who will have to stay at home. The increase concentrated above all in three Regions: Lazio, Veneto and Piedmont. The picture is not homogeneous on the territory: the virus forces 95% of students in the north to home and less than two out of three in the south. In the center, the national average is 8 out of 10. The elaboration is provided by the specialized magazine Tuttoscuola.

March 14, 2021 (change March 15, 2021 | 00:09)

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