“The situation in Wuhan shows us how the tracking and default management adopted by China is not enough in the face of this Delta variant”. Matteo Bassetti, director of the infectious diseases clinic of the San Martino hospital in Genoa, tells Adnkronos Salute. “The way to deal with the Delta variant – says Bassetti – is tracing, certainly by default isolation but also vaccinations, and I believe China is one of the countries in the world that has exported “the virus” the most and vaccinated the least. So I believe that the Chinese situation – highlights the expert – explains what we are doing instead in Europe, or in the United States and Israel, that is, basically we have two thirds of the European population, with variations from one country to another, who has been vaccinated. So – Bassetti reiterates – I think this is the message that must pass: great attention is paid to tracking which is what they have done in China, but it is not enough “.
“What could happen now in China is either an outbreak that is quickly extinguished or one that spreads rapidly. Because the Chinese population has received doses of the vaccine in a much lower proportion than what we have had. Besides – recalls the doctor – not only do they have a problem with the quantity but also with the quality of the vaccine, because although vaccines are criticized by a part of the population, let’s not forget that our vaccines, no matter what, work 80-82% to prevent the contagion, for good that it goes, they reach 90% but above all – he emphasizes – they are able to avoid serious illness in a percentage that reaches 97-98%, almost for all vaccines. So – Bassetti argues – I believe that China is right to look but perhaps for a negative example“.
Could China become a breeding ground for new variants that could then come to us? “I think we must avoid it – replies Bassetti – learning from what has already happened and that is, we must do, in my opinion, as Germany did in a very intelligent way: she said ‘if you want to enter my country you must show me that you have a negative swab. ‘I believe that today with a world where basically there are at least three different speeds on vaccination, we must not be selfish but we must necessarily protect ourselves and that for example of a negative swab upon entry into Italy or the international Green pass is absolutely a tool. I hope there are no divisions because I think everyone should agree on a Green pass for access from abroad “, he concludes.