Italy achieved its target of administering half a million COVID-19 doses in a day.
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On Thursday, Italian Health Minister Roberto Speranza announced that they managed to reach the target of administering 500,000 doses of vaccine in a day by the end of April. The previous record was of 350,000 doses in a day.
Yesterday in Italy over 500,000 vaccine doses were administered. I thank the women and men of the national health service and all the institutions for a great team effort. I thank the women and men of the national health service and all the institutions for a great team effort. The vaccine is the true way to emerge from these months that have been so difficultItalian Health Minister Roberto Speranza
Last week, the Head of Italy’s Department for Civil Protection, Fabrizio Curcio said that the government target will not be reached by the end of the month due to a number of setbacks. He expected for the target to be reached in early May. Originally the target was meant to be reached by mid-April but due to supply delays, bureaucratic problems and cancelled appointment since citizens were losing trust in the Astrazeneca vaccine, the target was delayed. New vaccine doses arrived last Wednesday which helped to achieve the half a million doses on Thursday.
Italian government’s Covid commissioner Francesco Figliuolo said on Thursday that the country is aiming to have 80% of the adult population vaccinated by the end of September. Since Friday afternoon Italy managed to vaccinate 5.7 million people. Despite the success with rapid vaccination, Italy still lags behind other large European countries. On Thursday, Germany set a new record after administering one million doses in a single day. Around 25% of the Italian population has at least received one dose of the vaccine. Germany, France and Spain received 28.1%, 26.7% and 27.6% respectively.
Since the pandemic began Italy reported 4,022,653 cases and 120,807 deaths making it the eight worst hit country in the World by the number of cases.
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