“If the green pass means continuing to swab then let’s eliminate it”

“In January I began to receive the first insults and the first death threats and in February I said: attention is a phenomenon that should not be underestimated, until today no one has listened to me it is clear that too much space has been left for an uncontrolled protest without the judiciary intervened in time, because it was possible to intervene and we had to intervene but we did not intervene ». Like this Matteo Bassetti, director of the infectious disease clinic of the San Martino Polyclinic in Genoa on Rai Radio1 within «What day is it».

As for the hypothesis of extending the validity of the rapid swab from 48 to 72 hours, “any decision to extend the swab is a political decision, not a scientific decision,” he clarified. “The swab already at 48 hours risks having a window in which one potentially if already infected could have become positive, let alone 72 hours – explained the infectious disease specialist of San Martino di Genova – let’s not forget that the green pass it was not introduced to become a ‘tampon factory’ in Italy but for people to get vaccinated, if today having the green pass means continuing to swab, the green pass ends up no longer making sense. So let’s think about it again, perhaps it is worth even thinking about eliminating it ».

Mantovani: “Let’s see the end, now make poor countries safe”

“We clearly see the light at the end of the tunnel, but we will have to live with the pandemic for a long time. In Africa, only 4 out of 100 people have received the full course of vaccination. In Italy we are 80%. There is a lot of concern for low-income countries, because it is not enough to deliver the doses, we also need the structures and skills to be able to administer them ». This was supported in an interview with Corriere della Sera by Alberto Mantovani, scientific director of the Humanitas Clinical Institute and president of the Humanitas Foundation for Research.

“There have been cases of vaccines that have remained unused and expired. Helping the countries further back, with medium to long-term projects not only related to Covid-19, does not mean having to give up something. We have muscles, we need a little more head and heart. It is absurd that Africa should almost totally depend on others from a health point of view. And it is not just a moral problem: to feel really calm, even about the birth of new variants of the coronavirus, it is necessary to secure those areas where vaccinations proceed with an unacceptable slowness. For example, the Mu variant is spreading in Peru, where 32% of the population is vaccinated with two doses ».

Finally, for Mantovani, “progress on treatments is good, but without forgetting a question as simple as it is fundamental: vaccines cost much less, also in terms of human lives, since they defend against disease upstream. Having new drugs does not mean giving up the use of vaccines ».

Source: by www.diariodelweb.it.

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