After suffering two major outbreaks of coronavirus, many in Italy congratulated the news that a vaccine may be available with some optimism early next year.
But one of the country’s best-known virologists and Kovid-19 specialists has conducted a reality check about the country’s ability to carry out a vaccination campaign – he says he couldn’t even get a simple flu shot.
“This is a real scam,” said virologist Massimo Galli, director of the infectious diseases department at the Saco Hospital in Milan. Although he hoped the country would eventually be able to distribute the coronovirus vaccine to citizens, Mr Gali said the outlook was “terrible”.
Mr. Galli, who is 69 years old and the most recognized in the country, following the quotes and consultation of coronovirus experts, addressed renewed concerns among Italian experts for a simple flu vaccine and the purchase and distribution of the coronavirus vaccine Can not worry about the possible lack of. When it became available.
“We generally can’t even think of doing this in this country,” said Silvio Garretini, president of the Mario Negri Institute of Pharmaceutical Research La Repubblica, a Rome daily told, Adding that Italy was not equipped to administer a vaccine. “We were not able to launch an anti-flu campaign.”
92-year-old Mr. Garatini said he had not received the flu vaccine either.
Unlike in the United States, where getting a flu shot at a local drugstore can be as comfortable as choosing toiletries, it is more formal and less common in Italy. The young and healthy generally do not receive a flu pill, and the vaccine is usually recommended only for the very young and the elderly.
But this year was different.
In June, Italian health officials urged people to vaccinate against the flu, which has symptoms similar to coronovirus. The aim was generally to improve public health, reducing the likelihood of people becoming Severely affected by coronovirus, Free up space for overwhelmed hospitals in the country and help doctors locate Kovid-19.
The Italian government also reduced the minimum age for free vaccine from 65 to 60.
But after five months, flu shots are few and far between, and millions of Italian, including elderly people and patients with pre-existing conditions, could not get the vaccine.
Some experts say that the regions of Italy, which regulate health care systems within their borders, placed their orders too late amid excessive demand on the international market.
Regional authorities have instead attributed the lack of delay by providers. Therefore the flu vaccine, advertised at many bus stops, often does not arrive.
Some pharmacists, who have turned away from flu-shot seekers, have posted discouraging signs on their windows: “Vaccines did not come, we do not know when they are coming.” This is not the situation the government envisioned on 5 June, when the Ministry of Health recommended that the flu vaccination campaign begin in early October and the region order more than usual to increase demand.
In the hard-hit Cerio Valley in northern Italy, a doctor, Mario Sorlini, said he was asked to be vaccinated for significantly more flu than normal patients. But the region sent him only about half the dose he received last year.
Dr. “We were the toughest province by Kovid and I was able to get only 25 percent flu vaccine,” Sorlini said. If he and his colleagues don’t get a dose before the flu comes, he said, it will be a “disaster on top of the disaster”.
Mr. Sorlini, 67, said he was not able to shoot himself.