Italy reports record number of daily COVID-19 vaccinations

FILE PHOTO: Seniors receiving second dose of Covid-19 vaccine, in Pisa, Italy. / VCG

FILE PHOTO: Seniors receiving second dose of Covid-19 vaccine, in Pisa, Italy. / VCG

Italy administered a new record number of daily COVID-19 vaccinations on Friday, authorities said, placing it second in Europe for the number of people fully vaccinated.

“Yesterday was marked by a record number of injections in 24 hours which touched the 600,000 mark while the number of doses administered crossed the 37 million mark,” the state body in charge said on Saturday. vaccinations.

“Italy is second in Europe in terms of the number of people fully vaccinated, just behind Germany and ahead of France and Spain,” he added.

According to the organization, the increase in vaccinations is partly due to an increase in the number of vaccination centers. The number of such centers stood at 1,500 in March, but it has now reached 2,666, and 800 more are expected to be opened in the coming weeks.

Official government data indicates that 37.06 million doses of the vaccine have been administered and 12.7 million people – nearly 24% of the population over the age of 12 – have been vaccinated.

Despite such steps, the government has been criticized by an expert for failing to vaccinate its most vulnerable citizens, who argued that it has cost thousands of lives.

Italy has gradually eased restrictions related to COVID-19, relaxed the nighttime curfew and opening indoor meals in restaurants and bars, as the number of cases and deaths has steadily declined in recent weeks.

Italy has so far reported 4,227,719 confirmed cases and 126,415 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.

(With the contribution of the agencies)

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