07/24/2021 11:59 AM
Updated 07/24/2021 11:59 AM
The most popular scientist in Italy, who has hit his predictions going against the tide of the most optimistic, insisted this Saturday that "we are one step away from a new variant of
Professor Andrea Crisanti, director of the department of Microbiology at the University of Padua,
raised the most serious alarm
as the Indian variant Delta is expanding rapidly in Italy, the rest of Europe and worldwide it is already present in 119 countries.
“With a rapidly changing virus like the Delta, we don't have the ability to update vaccines and keep up with variants.
It takes a couple of months to reformulate the vaccine and another six months to distribute it.
Meanwhile, the virus will have galloped, ”said Crisanti by various media.
"To monitor the epidemic, it is not enough to look at the data on hospital admissions and deaths: the traces of the movements of the virus must be traced to anticipate its extraordinary capacity for mutations and limit transmission," he added.
The danger of a disaster of such magnitude has been partly accepted by the World Health Organization itself.
Tourists and locals cool off in the fountain in the Spanish Steps, in Rome.
In midsummer, coronavirus cases grow.
Dozens of variants lurking
To stay alive, the coronavirus that was born in China at the end of 2019 and spread rapidly around the world, makes
mutations that allow it to continue attacking its victims
The successful deployment of vaccines, their worst enemy, stimulates the internal changes of viral substances.
Only in Italy, 81 variants have been identified in recent months,
of which the Delta is the one with the highest viral load with a contagion power of 60% more than the English variant, the previous dominant one.
In Italy, which at the end of June registered 880 daily cases, in recent days there have been five thousand infections every 24 hours and in the middle of summer, when it was thought that the spread of the virus was declining.
It is believed that in August the 10,000 daily cases will quickly pass, which could reach 30,000 by the end of next month.
"Run in Europe, run in the world," noted a newspaper headline.
The Delta variant, which in some Italian regions has become dominant by 60%, is no more lethal than the previous Alpha, also called English.
In Italy they are now seeking to vaccinate adolescents against Covid-19.
Hospital admissions and intensive therapies remain at a very low level, demonstrating
the formidable barrier posed by vaccinations,
which according to experts are well resistant to the action of the virus, particularly to prevent the most serious cases and deaths.
More than half of Italians over the age of 12, 29.4 million people, have been immunized and 63.5 million doses have been given which also create about 30% protection with just one of the two doses.
The rate of vaccinations in hundreds of centers distributed throughout the country is more than
half a million daily inoculations,
General Francesco Figliuolo, who leads the campaign.
With the spread of the Delta variant and those over 60 years of age, the most fragile population, with priority given to vaccinations,
infections mainly affect unvaccinated young people.
per million inhab.
per million inhab.
Priorities have shifted toward youth age levels.
First Pfizer and now
(considered the best vaccine), they were authorized to send doses to
inject to the age group between 12 and 17 years.
Focus on adolescents
General Figliuolo pointed out that immediate efforts are focused on the eight and a half million high school students.
The school year will begin on September 7 and the objective, according to the military, is that 63% of the students have received at least the first dose.
A serious problem is that more than 220 thousand teachers, professors and personnel of the educational community continue without being vaccinated.
If the volume of those opposed to the saving injection is maintained, it
is studied to declare it obligatory that the personnel of the schools and colleges be vaccinated
to give the greatest safety to the students.
Otherwise they could even lose their jobs.
The Italian government seeks to vaccinate the majority of high school students.
Refusal of compulsory vaccination
The issue of mandatory vaccinations against the pandemic creates continuous
friction and protest movements
, because political rights fuel rebellions.
A prime example is the far-right leader Matteo Salvini, the leader of the League, who has repeatedly accused the center-left sector of the government of which Salvini is a part of practicing "terrorism" and maintaining excessive measures to fight the pandemic.
The young leader of the right-wing Brothers of Italy party, Giorgia Meloni, the only opposition political force and in continuous struggles with Salvini for the leadership of the Italian destra, has also aimed the guns for what she considers attacks on individual freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution. .
Prime Minister Mario Draghi announced in the middle of this week the creation of the Health Passport, which contains the vaccinations that each citizen received.
More than 40 million have received the "Green Certification" electronically.
From August 6, it will be mandatory to show the Health Passport that indicates the vaccinations to eat in the bars and restaurants in the internal sectors.
Also to go to the cinema, the theater, the stadiums, the gyms, the cultural and musical centers.
In September the rules will be issued on long-distance trains, ships and airplanes.
A part of the rights, majority in Italy, are in favor of the Sanitary Passport and do not share the attacks of Salvini and Meloni on the contrast measures to the virus that pass through Roberto Speranza, the Minister of Public Health, who belongs to a small left party.
Salvini and Meloni had never been vaccinated and maintain ambiguous positions to capture the consensus of the “no vax” movement that is organizing new
protests against the Health Passport.
Prime Minister Draghi went on the counter-offensive after announcing the “Green Certification”.
He said recommending Italians not to get vaccinated is "a message of death."
His words fell like a bomb.
On Friday Salvini unexpectedly announced that he had been vaccinated.
Public opinion considered it a defeat.
The figure of Draghi received a new boost of popularity and their close relationship with the President of the Republic, Sergio Mattarella, has made them a highly popular political duo.
In two days the reserves to be vaccinated grew up to 200% in some regions.
The government has consolidated its stability.
A right-wing newspaper summarized the situation: "Salvini runs to get vaccinated, Meloni goes to war."
The polls indicated that the young leader of the Brothers of Italy displaced Salvini from the first place of the consensus towards the political leaders.
On the other hand, the popularity of Prime Minister Draghi and President Mattarella passed 72%.
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