The numbers run. The overhead projector hanging in the operations room of the Sicilian Army Military Command, in Palazzo Sclafani, is constantly updated. At 18, 35,503 Sicilians went today to the island’s hubs to have the vaccine administered. A much higher number than the other days. Observing the videowall are the Covid Commissioner of Palermo Renato Costa and the Major General Maurizio Angelo Scardino, appointed Representative for the coordination with the local Authorities of the Sicilian Region of the National Commissioner for the Coronavirus emergency. “There is a greater desire to get vaccinated, we have to get out of the logic of choosing vaccines,” Costa told Adnkronos. After the alarm launched last April 20 by the general manager of the regional department for strategic planning Mario La Rocca, who had spoken of “psychosis from AstraZeneca”, after the death from thrombosis of people who had had the administration of the British vaccine, also if a correlation was never proven, there was a slowdown. But today the numbers are growing again. Especially after the initiative of the extraordinary commissioner Figliuolo, to open vaccinations to the over 50s and now also the over 40s and to identify a new organizational strategy. “We have all kinds of vaccines, if the citizens want Pfizer we will give it to them – says Renato Costa – we have another 800 thousand doses on the way”. And he adds: “We are very ready to vaccinate all those who want to vaccinate, the organization is perfect, since the Army has given us a hand”. And he says that General Scardino “has an edge”. “We are enthusiastic about how it is going – says Renato Costa – Last night there were already the first hints”. And he announces: “If we continue like this, next week we will open pavilion 20 A of the Mediterranean Fair. We will run a week and immediately afterwards, in all probability the pavilion can be activated 24 hours a day. For all vaccines”. Costa then says he is convinced that “Sicily will soon return to the yellow zone”. Because being able to “re-allocate some wards to other pathologies seems to me an excellent sign”. Today the Director of Health Mario La Rocca was also vaccinated ‘AstraZeneca sure, I trust blindly’ Today Costa has participated in the vaccinations at the “Mission Hope and Charity” of Biagio Conte, the Franciscan layman who hosts the poor and homeless. Meanwhile, Mario La Rocca, the director general of the Strategic Planning Department of the Sicilian Region Health Department, was also vaccinated today. He went to the hub of the Fiera del Mediterraneo in Palermo and received a dose of AstraZeneca. “I totally trust this vaccine and the science – he said – It is amply proven that AstraZeneca is effective. It has already protected millions of people in Great Britain by allowing this country to get back to normal.” (by Elvira Terranova)
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