infections ok, vaccines ko. The point on the Island

Ragusa – The wave of encouraging data continues on the island, in the last 7 days the infections have dropped by more than 22%: at the moment we are at about 65 cases per 100 thousand inhabitants and for the white zone it takes at least 3 weeks under 50. Currently in Italy only Valle d’Aosta, Sardinia and Calabria are doing better. The Sicilian hospital pressure is also good: according to the Agenas bulletin it is at 18% saturation of the beds in intensive care and at 22 in ordinary hospitalization, against the alarm thresholds set at 30 and 40% respectively. The curves fell again yesterday, albeit at a slower pace than in recent days, and the contagion rate returned to slightly rise to 2.2%. The English variants are taking over from the old Covid, but not adding up: yesterday 5 cases were confirmed at the Civico di Palermo (4 nurses and a patient) and one in Corleone. Here too, however, there is good news: from mid-March, a swab sensitive to the 3 main mutations in the circulation – English, South African and Brazilian – will start to be available and therefore able to detect them immediately.

Yesterday afternoon the first decree of the Draghi government also arrived: as anticipated, no visits to relatives and friends in the red areas and stop moving between regions until March 27. Others will arrive shortly, the new government aims to avoid the sudden fluctuation of exchange rates and last-minute communications by planning in advance the permanence in the risk bands thanks to more objective and indicative parameters of the real state of the trend of the epidemic. What is still struggling to get into gear is the vaccination campaign: the Ministry of Education has stopped with a circular the vaccination of teachers under 55 just started with the Astrazeneca serum, forbidding the Regions to proceed with the call through internal lists, pending the Miur itself prepares official lists instead of those issued by the regional school office, divided by individual provinces. For now, only university professors will go ahead: a move orchestrated by the powerful “barons” of the universities or the central government’s distrust of the lists, sometimes unorthodox, of local authorities?

In one case or another, the already dying immunization plan – which in Sicily involves 64 thousand Sicilian teachers in nursery, primary, middle and high schools – has suffered yet another setback. Of course, the tens of thousands who have now received the first dose will have to finish the protocol. So much so that in Rome they are thinking of extending the calls to the maximum allowed, up to 12 weeks: better more people protected immediately, even halfway, but immediately, than one at 90% in a month. The gathered governors are calling for fewer closures and more injections. Looking closely at the national campaign platform, however, the slowdown is not only due to the reduction in promised supplies but, lately, also to a certain excess of provisions. Since the beginning of February Musumeci and Razza have dedicated themselves to stocking up like squirrels, perhaps too many: over 100 thousand are waiting to be defrosted from the freezer and used. Not quite a handful. From the top of the ranking of administrations, Sicily is currently in 15th place, with less than 72% of inoculated doses. Let’s hope it’s all calculated and not the result of a psychosis-exhaustion.