Italy received several million fewer doses of anti-Covid vaccine during the first quarter of the year, compared to its forecasts dating from the beginning of March and including the drops in deliveries that had been announced.
According to a document dated March 3, the government hoped to receive 15.69 million doses in the first quarter, but figures from the Ministry of Health, stopped at the dawn of April 1, suggest 11.25 million doses delivered in the peninsula.
While 84% of the doses received so far have been administered, the delays in deliveries of the AstraZeneca vaccine represent the main cause of the failure to respect the schedule planned by the government.
Of the 5.35 million doses of AstraZeneca, the manufacturer had delivered only 2.75 million as of March 31, even if the government commissioner for the management of the Covid-19 pandemic announced Thursday that “between today” today and tomorrow 1.3 million doses ”of this vaccine will arrive in Italy.
Italy’s new head of government, Mario Draghi, said in February, upon coming to power, that vaccinating the Italian population against Covid-19 was their number one priority, as the country has recorded nearly 110,000 deaths since the start of the pandemic.
The government’s plan was to increase from around 170,000 doses administered per day in early March to 300,000 by the end of March, to reach 500,000 per day in the second half of April, and achieve collective immunity. around the end of September-beginning of October.
However, the highest number of doses administered on Wednesday is barely above 270,000, far from the target set.
Several regions warned Thursday that they could be forced to temporarily close their vaccination centers.