“The measures we have put in place are working. If we let our guard down the third wave around the corner,” the Minister of Health said in the Senate chamber. “The goal is to bend the curve without general lockdown”. As for Christmas, “no travel between municipalities on 25, 26 and January 1”. And on vaccines “The categories with priority are health and social health workers, residents and staff of the RSA”
“For the stabilization of the first results we need other weeks of sacrifices and then a maintenance treatment. The wave is still very high so be careful not to exchange a first ray of sunshine with a narrow escape. Let us not be under any illusions, if let our guard down the third wave is around the corner “, said the Minister of Health, Roberto Speranza, illustrating to the Senate the measures of the next dpcm and the guidelines of the vaccine plan drawn up by the ministry, by the extraordinary commissioner for the emergency , from the Higher Institute of Health and Aifa.
“The measures adopted are working, confident that the Rt index will soon drop below 1” “The set of measures we have adopted is starting to give the first encouraging results, the Rt index went from 1.7 to 1.08 in 4 weeks, I am confident that it will soon fall below 1. The situation is still very serious and no underestimation can be admitted “the minister later explained. “The measures we have implemented are working – he added – the government’s objective is to bend the curve without a generalized lockdown”. ”
The ordinances are choices inspired by the precautionary principle that have helped reduce contagion and the number of new cases. The government has taken responsibility for difficult but necessary choices. Without them the pressure on hospitals would become unbearable.” Then he underlined: “The color system is working. At the moment the Regions are tending towards yellow, but we can immediately intervene”, he added. “But if we are going in the right direction, the other truth is that there is still a very complicated situation in the country, because infections and deaths are still high, as is the pressure on beds. Today we have 320 cases per 100 thousand inhabitants. , a high figure, the figure to bring the curve under control is 50 cases per 100 thousand .
“At Christmas, limit travel between municipalities, travel ban on 25, 26 and January 1″
We must discourage travel between regions on 25, 26 and 1 January and also limit travel between municipalities. We must approach the holidays with utmost seriousness if we do not want new closures in January. For the holidays, the restrictions foreseen must also be strengthened within the framework of European coordination. Contacts between people must be limited as much as possible. “The Government’s orientation is to discourage also” international travel and limited travel between Regions. It will then be necessary to avoid potential gatherings in places of tourist attraction linked in particular to skiing activities . More generally, it is appropriate to reduce the risks of spreading the contagion connected to the moments of aggregation during the Christmas and New Year holidays ”
“Bringing high schools back”
As far as schools are concerned, the minister explained that “compatibly with the evolution of the epidemiological picture, it is the government’s objective to bring high schools back”.
“First vaccines in January, no mandatory”
“We do not want to make vaccination mandatory, our goal is to achieve herd immunity as soon as possible, but we see the light at the end of the tunnel” said the minister announcing the possibility of having the “first vaccines in January”.
The purchase of the vaccine is centralized and will be administered free of charge to all Italians, explained Minister Speranza in the Senate. It is likely that two doses will be needed for each vaccination, Italy has opted for 202 million doses. The first doses may begin to be available from January “. The minister further explained that “it is not the individual states that deal with pharmaceutical companies but the EU commission is negotiating for all European states.
The negotiations started have focused on a group of companies with vaccines with different technologies and the vaccines will be distributed. to the states according to the populations, with more doses in the second and third quarter 2021. If all the authorization processes were successful, Italy could count on: 40.38 million doses of Astrazeneca, 26.92 million Johnsson, 20 million Sanoifi, 26 million Biontech, Modena 10.768 million doses “. In detail, Speranza specified that “to date, two dates have been indicated by Ema: December 29 for Pfizer vaccine and January 12 for Moderna vaccine. From these companies we will have 8 million doses from Pfizer and 1,346 thousand doses from Moderna.
Heart of the vaccination campaign according to forecasts it will be between next spring and summer “. “The categories to be vaccinated with priority are health and social health workers, residents and staff of the Rsa for the elderly, elderly people to obtain greater vaccination coverage and cover people with greater risk factors – continued the minister – with the increase in doses will also vaccinate other categories, such as people in essential services such as school staff and police forces. In the event of outbreaks in areas of the country, stocks of vaccines will be allocated to areas in difficulty “.
“Distribution thanks to the involvement of the Armed Forces”
Regarding the distribution of vaccines, Speranza stressed that “it will take place with the involvement of the armed forces. For vaccines that require a standard cold chain there will be a national storage site and territorial sites, for vaccines with extreme cold chains these will be delivered by companies at 300 vaccination points.
The packaging of multidose vaccines requires a number of syringes and diluent and the special commissioner will ensure the necessary material .
“Specializing doctors also involved”
In the initial phase there will be centralized vaccinations at hospitals or with mobile units. It is estimated that around 20,000 people are needed to implement the campaign. Professional skills existing in the country will also be used with the publication of an ‘invitation’ to participate in the vaccination campaign as well as the stipulation of agreements with the Ministry of Research for contacts with medical specialization schools. And for this I thank Minister Manfredi. Thousands of students enrolled in specialization schools will participate in the vaccination campaign ”
Guerini:” Armed forces ready to distribute vaccines ”
“The Defense provides and will provide all the support required by the competent authorities. A special planning group, called the Joint Operations Planning Group, is finalizing the organization of the Defense contribution to the distribution of vaccines to the Italian population, based on the needs identified by the Authorities responsible for the overall plan. As happened since the beginning of the pandemic, the Armed Forces will remain constantly engaged in helping the National Health System and citizens “, declared Defense Minister Lorenzo Guerini.
Dpcm: disagreement between group leaders of the majority
Distances between the majority group leaders on some aspects of the new dpcm with the measures on the contagion from Covid: the discussion on the resolution to be presented after the communications of the Minister Roberto Speranza went on for a long time and in the end the mediation should be to sign the resolution of majority by the group leaders in the Health Committee, not by the group presidents. From what is learned from majority sources, the group leaders should meet Prime Minister Conte and Speranza in the afternoon.
“Favorable opinion on the resolution of the opposition”
Regarding the discussion in the courtroom, the minister in his reply said: “I express a favorable opinion on the resolution of the majority and I express a favorable opinion on a part of the resolution presented by the opposition. In particular, for the resolution of the oppositions, I want to give a favorable opinion in the points that concern the common campaign for vaccination against Covid, because the vaccine must not divide and is the commitment of the whole country .