Covid-19: Italy aims to vaccinate 80% of the population by end of September

Italy’s goal is to have eight out of ten people vaccinated by September 30th, stated emergency commissioner General Francesco Figliuolo.

Covid-19: Italy aims to vaccinate 80% of the population by end of September
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The national target is “to vaccinate 80 per cent of the population by September this year, including 12-15 year olds,” Figliuolo told a parliamentary hearing on June 7th, news agency Ansa reports.

That would mean having some 54.3 million people vaccinated, he said.

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As of Tuesday morning, Italy has some 13 million people fully vaccinated according to the latest official data.

The country has administered more than 38 million doses of Covid vaccines overall, with almost one in four people in Italy (24 percent) having received at least one dose.

The commissioner did not clarify in his comments whether he was talking about having this number fully vaccinated with both doses (or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine) or having had a single dose administered by that date.

Figliuolo added: “We must not waste anything in terms of resources, people, and time. Italy has everything, we just need to know how to put it together in a coordinated manner.”


He said that to reach the September target, Italy would need to keep vaccinating at an average rate of half a million doses per day and would need to continue to prioritise people in older and at-risk categories.

Italian local health authorities were allowed to begin offering vaccine appointments to all over-12s from Thursday, June 3rd, though only a handful of regional authorities were immediately able to extend their campaign to all age groups.

The Pfizer vaccine is currently authorized for use on 12-15- year-olds, while the European Medicines Agency (EMA) is currently considering approving the use of Moderna’s vaccine on adolescents.

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Former Italian PM faces investigation over Covid response

Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte is set to undergo a judicial inquiry over claims his government's response to the Covid-19 outbreak in early 2020 was too slow.

Former Italian PM faces investigation over Covid response

Prosecutors in Bergamo, the northern city that was one of the epicentres of the coronavirus outbreak in Europe, targeted Conte after wrapping up their three-year inquiry, according to media reports.

Conte, now president of the populist Five Star movement, was prime minister from 2018 to 2021 and oversaw the initial measures taken to halt the spread of what would become a global pandemic.

Investigating magistrates suspect that Conte and his government underestimated the contagiousness of Covid-19 even though available data showed that cases were spreading rapidly in Bergamo and the surrounding region.

They note that in early March 2020 the government did not create a “red zone” in two areas hit hardest by the outbreak, Nembro and Alzano Lombardo, even though security forces were ready to isolate the zone from the rest of the country.

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Red zones had already been decreed in late February for around a dozen other nearby municipalities including Codogno, the town where the initial Covid case was reportedly found.

Conte’s health minister Roberto Speranza as well as the president of the Lombardy region, Attilio Fontana, are also under investigation, the reports said.

Bergamo prosecutors allege that according to scientific experts, earlier quarantines could have saved thousands of lives.

Conte, quoted by Il Corriere della Sera and other media outlets, said he was “unworried” by the inquiry, saying his government had acted “with the utmost commitment and responsibility during one of the most difficult moments of our republic.”

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Similar cases have been lodged against officials elsewhere, alleging that authorities failed to act quickly enough against a virus that has killed an estimated 6.8 million people worldwide since early 2020.

In January, France’s top court threw out a case against former health minister Agnes Buzyn, a trained doctor, over her allegedly “endangering the lives of others” by initially playing down the severity of Covid-19.