“The Delta variant is producing, in Europe and not only in Europe, a significant increase in cases that requires all of us the utmost attention. And requires the health authorities to follow everything with absolute caution.” This was stated by the Minister of Health, Roberto Speranza, responding to the Question Time, today in the Chamber. “The ECDC, which is our European agency of reference for disease control, predicts that very soon this variant will become prevalent throughout Europe – he added – And all the elements suggest that the same assessment will also be valid for the Italy”.
VACCINES – Speranza then explained that “the data from the vaccination campaign in Italy are encouraging and positive. Today we will exceed 59 million doses administered. And we proceed with a daily average of over five hundred and thirty thousand doses administered every day. And there is a significant adhesion above all. of generations later in the years, in particular those over 80 are now over 90% “.
VACCINES OBLIGATION – “We were the first country in Europe to make the anti-Covid vaccine mandatory for healthcare personnel – he reiterated at Question Time – Today we read that others, even important ones like France, are starting on a very similar model to ours. And I think this signals that that decision was right and correct “.
SEQUENCING – On the sequencing and tracking of the Sars-CoV-2 virus, the minister explained: “With the direction of the Higher Institute of Health we have worked in recent months to strengthen our sequencing capacity. There are 112 laboratories, under the direction of the Iss, who work to sequence. The definitive figure for the month of June is 6% of the cases that are sequenced. We must work to increase them even more “. “We are also working to ensure that this network – continued Speranza – is not only linked to Covid, which even today has an extraordinary value, but is also a network that strengthens the country system and its ability to hold beyond Covid. The same thing it is true for the tracking that we must certainly continue to keep at high levels “. “And it applies to the other two fundamental things”, he added: “On the one hand, compliance with the rules – the correct use of masks and the use of the Green pass, which is an important tool – and the vaccination campaign that remains the fundamental tool that can take us out of these months “.
GREEN PASS – “The Green pass is an important tool. And I am pleased to share with the Chamber that, this morning at 7, as many as 28 million and 400 thousand Green cards have been downloaded from our IT portals. It is a very, very significant number. “underlined Speranza.
SCHOOL – The fundamental weapon for resuming school in the presence “is vaccination”, said the Minister of Health. And the numbers in Italy “are significant, also as regards the school staff. At the moment we understand that we are 85% of the staff of our schools who have received at least a first dose of vaccine. It is an important data and it would be wrong to send a message that does not recognize this “. Speranza stressed, however, that it is necessary “to work, with great insistence, in close collaboration with the Regions, because this 85% is not homogeneous on a national level, but there are very significant differences”. The goal must be that “this number can go up a lot”.