After the UK which is number one in the death rates across Europe due to coronavirus,Italy is the second highest with almost 48,000 deaths as of reports till now. A substantial number of Italians should get vaccinated against the Covid-19 and must receive their shots by next September as per the Italy’s Special Commissioner for the Virus Emergency Domenico Arcuri. Mr.Arcuri said , Italy is set to receive 3.4 million doses of Pfizer vaccine in the second half of January through the European Union’s purchase program which is enough to provide two doses to 1.3 million of Italy’s 60 million people. This number is based on the first priority citizens who include healthcare workers ,elderly and people with the most risk of exposure.
“This will be the massive campaign to administer a vaccine that we can remember,not just in Italy but in all of Europe and many parts of the world.” Arcuri said in a news conference in Rome on Thursday. The commissioner said he expected Pfizer’s authorization from the European Medical Agency to be completed in time for the first vaccines to be administered in January and also that he was anxiously awaiting approvals of other vaccines against coronavirus so they can be provided to all Italians on a voluntary basis as well.
The Italian government ,based on the Health Ministry’s recommendations will inform the Parliament of the order in which various categories of citizens will receive the doses as they arrive. “We don’t know how many Italians will want to get the vaccine voluntarily but i can say on the basis of forecasts not yet validated an important part of our population will be able to be vaccinated in the first half of the year or in any case by the end of the third quarter which would be by september.” Arcuri said.
Arcuri’s agency plans to open the bidding process for the syringes and needles needed for the vaccine Friday. He says 3 types of syringes and at least 6 kinds of needles are required.