Two and a half years ago, the syringe at the end of the tunnel depicted on the cover of The Economist was a hope, then a certainty. The administration of more than 13 billion and 500 million vaccine doses worldwide, along with natural immunity resulting from infection, has been crucial in declaring the end of the Covid pandemic. In Italy, as of September 1, 145,116,898 vaccinations had been performed; More than 40 million people (85.97% of the public) received the booster dose. In Emilia-Romagna, 97.5% of the doses provided have been administered, and 87.2% in Marche. The numbers released by the Ministry of Health are a treasure trove of memory and science that should ignite the engine of the new vaccination campaign that we now have. From June 2 to August 31 – according to Gympie Foundation data – 827 fourth doses and 2,156 fifth doses were administered to those over 80 years of age. Very low numbers, and all things predictable. However, new vaccines are now arriving that are also very effective against the Eris variant prevalent in Italy. There is an elderly and vulnerable population to be protected, and a social and working life where the invisible enemy must be relegated to only an annoying and occasional appearance.
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