Young experts cut ahead of older Italians for vaccines

Rome (AP) — Tuscan octets have lawyers, justices of the peace, professors, and other young experts in front of them, despite the government’s commitment to prioritize the oldest citizens of Italy. I was watching over my vaccination with distrust and resentment. Even some of their adult children jumped in front of them.

Thousands in Europe’s most populous and pandemic’s second most life-threatening country because it was unable to give shots to people over the age of 80 and those in vulnerable health, according to one estimate. Human life has been lost.

Authorities, including the local governor, said that when the elderly were pushed aside, more than a dozen prominent Tuscan elderly were infringement of their medical rights as stipulated in the Italian Constitution. Published a letter calling on.

“We asked,’What is the reason for this disparity? Movement.

“The appeal came from this idea of ​​being errored and abused,” Cheri said in a telephone interview from his hometown near Siena. He said investigations were underway in Tuscany and other areas where experts were given priority.

People over the age of 80 in Tuscany have the lowest immunization rates nationwide.

Another signer was 85-year-old editorial cartoonist Emilio Giannelli. He has not been vaccinated, but his son, a lawyer, has been vaccinated.

On the front page of Corriere della Serra, Jeanneri’s cartoon depicting a young man in a business jacket leaning on a cane from the vaccine line and kicking an old man appeared.

In countries where many citizens have often learned not to rely on the governments of weaker countries, lobbying groups, sometimes ridiculed as “castes,” exert overwhelming influence.

Prime Minister Mario Draghi condemned such “contractual influence” and said last month that “the basic policy is to vaccinate the most vulnerable and those over the age of 80.” His government claims that vaccination proceeds in descending order of age, with the only exceptions being school and university employees, security forces, prison staff and prisoners, and people in condominiums such as monasteries. Is.

Opening vaccination rolls to young Italians killed 6,500 people and killed nearly 28,000 between mid-January and March, according to ISPI think tank calculations.

Matteo Villa, an ISPI researcher, said the decision to vaccinate non-medical professionals at risk of infection should be limited to those over the age of 50.

In a telephone interview, Villa said, “If you give 100 vaccines to people over 90, you can save 13 lives, but for people aged 20-29, how to save one. , I need 100,000 vaccines. “

The current average age of pandemic deaths in Italy is 81 years.

Throughout the pandemic, not only Tuscany, but the oldest Italians have accounted for the majority of the dead. Just before Draghi sounded a warning about lobbying groups, journalists in a small area of ​​Molise were ready for early vaccination. In Lombardy, veterinarians were prioritized. In Campania, including Naples, pharmaceutical company salespeople have gained priority.

Regional leaders have accused the delay in vaccine delivery, claiming that the previous administration’s vaccine deployment opened the door to lobbying groups.

Some areas, such as Lazio, including Rome, resisted their pressure. By the end of March, nearly 64% of Lazio’s people over the age of 80 had received at least one COVID-19 shot, compared to 40% in Tuscany.

Lazio Governor Nicola Zingaretti told the Corriere della Serra about the most vulnerable things in society:

Of the 4.4 million Italian residents over the age of 80, less than 29% were vaccinated and received only the first dose by the end of March, according to the GIMBE Foundation, which monitors Italian health care. That was 27%.

According to the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control in Italy, it is compared to 95% of the age group who received at least one dose in Malta and 85% in Finland.

In the UK, where vaccine deployment began about a month before the EU, most people over the age of 50 receive at least one dose.

GIMBE’s official Renata Gili has linked much of Italy’s heterogeneous performance to various organizational abilities and “regional over-autonomy in the selection of priority categories for immunization.”

Some lobbying groups have not retreated. The National Justice of the Peace Association, which represents most of Italy’s more than 9,600 justices of the peace, threatened to further slow down the snail’s pace of justice if they were not prioritized. On Thursday, the tourist lobby demanded priority vaccines from its workers, explaining that they were essential to the country’s recovery.

On Friday, the Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Health, Giovanni Lezza, tried to cut off any further jokes because of priority.

“There was a struggle between categories” to get vaccine priorities, Reza told a press conference when asked if supermarket clerk could get a special position. “We said,’Teachers, let’s end the security forces, but there’s no better category.’ We just use age criteria.”

Army General, tapped last month by Draghi to shake Italy’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign, acknowledges the widespread problem.

“Are everything going well? No,” General Francesco Figriuolo told reporters in Milan Wednesday.

The number of people who received the priority vaccine in Italy is unknown. The Tuscan health commission office said 10,319 lawyers, security judges, court clerk, and staff were receiving doses in the area before Draghi unplugged the subcommittee.

Making lawyers and others quick access to vaccines is “a problem and everyone is angry with it,” said an antique dealer in Florence, who will turn 83 next month and is still waiting. Nathan Levy said. “That’s all about Italy. The people who put pressure on it” goes on.

Of the 10.6 million doses given so far in Italy, about 1.6 million were sent to people classified as “other” and some politicians demanded to know who they were. did. When asked, Figuriuolo’s office admitted that it did not know and said it was putting pressure on the region for certain details.

Italians in their 70s have lost most of their workforce, but are still waiting for their shots. By March 31, only 8% received the first dose and less than 2% received both.

Then there are vulnerable health people who have priority categories on the government’s deployment charts.

“The’fragile’situation is one of the most uncertain,” said Francesca Lorenzi, a 48-year-old lawyer in Milan who suffers from breast cancer. She said that if cancer patients finished treatment more than six months ago, they would no longer be considered “fragile.”

“During that time, they had a college contract and gave Pfizer to a healthy 60-year-old child. Understand why college professors and lawyers should be vaccinated before others. I can’t, “she said.


Colleen Barry reported from Milan. Pan Pylas of London contributed to this report.


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