IN CHARTS: Who is Italy vaccinating fastest?

Compare what percentage of over-80s, over-70s, nursing home residents, health workers and teachers have been vaccinated in each region of Italy so far.

IN CHARTS: Who is Italy vaccinating fastest?
Waiting to be vaccinated at a centre in Rome. Photo: Andreas Solaro/AFP

According to the latest official figures, Italy has administered more than 13.5 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines and fully immunized some 4 million people.

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The largest share of those are people aged 80 and over (more than 3.1 million of whom have had at least one dose), followed by health workers (1.7 million). 

But while that represents more than 90 percent of health workers, it’s less than 70 percent of all the over-80s in Italy.

The priority categories closest to reaching full coverage are health workers and the residents and staff of nursing homes. 

Looking at the figures by region, most parts of Italy have given the large majority of their healthcare workers at least one jab.

In several regions – Abruzzo, Campania, Lazio, Lombardy, Molise, Sardinia, Tuscany and Valle D’Aosta – 100 percent of health workers have already had at least the first dose. 

The picture is similar for staff and residents of nursing homes, who were the second priority group after health workers to start getting vaccinated in Italy.

Almost every region has given at least three-quarters of this category their first jab, while around half of Italy’s 20 regions have already reached 100 percent.

The variation between regions starts to become greater when it comes to the percentage of over-80s that have had their first dose, which ranges from 86 percent in the autonomous province of Trento to around 45 percent in Sicily. 

The differences are even bigger for school staff: just under 40 percent of people working in schools have had a shot in Liguria, while the small region of Molise has already got the first dose to more than 99 percent of its school employees. 

The category with the lowest coverage across all regions is 70-79 year olds, who have only recently become eligible for a jab in most parts of the country. 

Veneto is the furthest ahead so far, having given 37 percent of this age group at least one shot, while slowest is Basilicata at less than 3 percent.

These charts were created using data provided by the Italian government in its weekly vaccination report, last released on April 10th.

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Greenland foreign minister axed over independence remarks

Greenland's pro-independence foreign minister Pele Broberg was demoted on Monday after saying that only Inuits should vote in a referendum on whether the Arctic territory should break away from Denmark.

Greenland foreign minister axed over independence remarks
Greenland's pro-independence minister Pele Broberg (far R) with Prime Minister Mute Egede (2nd R), Danish foreign minister Jeppe Kofod and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken (2nd R) at a press briefing in Greenland in May 2021. Photo: Ólafur Steinar Rye Gestsson/Ritzau Scanpix

Prime Minister Mute Egede, who favours autonomy but not independence, said the ruling coalition had agreed to a reshuffle after a controversial interview by the minister of the autonomous Arctic territory.

Broberg was named business and trade minister and Egede will take on the foreign affairs portfolio.

The prime minister, who took power in April after a snap election, underscored that “all citizens in Greenland have equal rights” in a swipe at Broberg.

Broberg in an interview to Danish newspaper Berlingske said he wanted to reserve voting in any future referendum on independence to Inuits, who comprise more than 90 percent of Greenland’s 56,000 habitants.

“The idea is not to allow those who colonised the country to decide whether they can remain or not,” he had said.

In the same interview he said he was opposed to the term the “Community of the Kingdom” which officially designates Denmark, the Faroe Islands and Greenland, saying his country had “little to do” with Denmark.

Greenland was a Danish colony until 1953 and became a semi-autonomous territory in 1979.

The Arctic territory is still very dependent on Copenhagen’s subsidies of around 526 million euros ($638 million), accounting for about a third of its budget.

But its geostrategic location and massive mineral reserves have raised international interest in recent years, as evidenced by former US president Donald Trump’s swiftly rebuffed offer to buy it in 2019.

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Though Mute Egede won the election in April by campaigning against a controversial uranium mining project, Greenland plans to expand its economy by developing its fishing, mining and tourism sectors, as well as agriculture in the southern part of the island which is ice-free year-round.

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