Supporting the controversial vaccine, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, 73, received a dose of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine on Tuesday, his services announced.
The former head of the European Central Bank and his wife were vaccinated at the center located at Rome’s central station, Termini, a spokesperson said.
Acceleration of the vaccination campaign
Italy suspended the use of AstraZeneca / Oxford doses for several days in March over suspicion of its side effects until the European Medicines Agency (EMA) again gives the green light. Mario Draghi, who took office last month, has pledged to speed up the vaccine campaign in Italy, the first European country to be hit hard by the pandemic and currently facing a third wave of Covid-19.
Most of Italy is currently subject to severe restrictions to stem contagion (closing bars and restaurants to the public, limited travel, etc.). But schools in Lazio, the region which includes Rome, were able to reopen Tuesday after the decision of the health authorities to downgrade it from “red” (high risk of contagion) to “orange” (medium risk).
Italy classified “red” for the Easter weekend
“It’s great to find the kids, but I don’t understand the meaning of all this. We lost two more weeks of school, ”said a teacher from a primary school in northern Rome on condition of anonymity.
All of Italy will be classified in the “red” zone for the Easter weekend, which starts on Saturday and ends on Monday. Easter, a popular holiday on the peninsula, is usually the occasion for family reunions. The pandemic has so far killed more than 108,000 in Italy, according to the Ministry of Health.