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Italy to hold big vaccination campaign in January, says minister

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Italian Health Minister said vaccination for covid-19 in the country should start in late January Image: Getty Images / iStockphoto

ROME, 21 NOV (ANSA) – Minister of Health of Italy, Roberto Speranza said on Saturday (21) the European country will hold a vaccination campaign against the new coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) “unprecedented” in January 2021. “There will be an anti-Covid vaccination campaign in the country that is likely to be unprecedented and that will require an extraordinary commitment from all energies in the field,” said the politician at the congress of the Federation of Italian Pharmacists’ Orders (Fofi). According to Speranza, the government hopes that the campaign for the vaccine against Covid-19, which is yet to arrive, will develop from the end of January, when possibly the first doses will be taken. “The first doses of the anti-Covid vaccine arriving will be devoted to the most exposed categories, starting with health professionals, the frail, the elderly in health homes and elderly people with diseases,” he said. The Italian minister also took the opportunity to say that “the first signs of counter-tendency after the weeks of dizzying growth of the contagion are seen, but they are still completely insufficient”. “The pressure on health services is very strong. The RT (transmission rate) is decreasing, but it will still have to structurally fall below 1. Only then will we see more significant results,” he added. Finally, Speranza stressed that Italy will have to “resist for a significant phase”.

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