Andrea Crisanti raises the alarm about the final of the European Championships between England-Italy: “Seeing 60 thousand spectators at Wembley gives a reassuring idea of normality, but the virus has given itself a further opportunity to spread”
According to Andrea Crisanti, it is wrong to “look only at the data of hospitalizations and deaths” to get a picture of the progress of the Covid-19 pandemic: “It is like looking only at the beginning and end frames of a film rather than watching it all, it means not being aware of what is happening in the territories and going blind. Seeing 60,000 spectators at Wembley gives a reassuring idea of normality, but it has given the virus another opportunity to spread, “he told Radio Cusano Campus.
Andrea Crisanti: We are one step away from a new vaccine resistant variant
For Andrea Crisanti, “Boris Johnson has taken a risk but the risk affects us all, we are one step away from a new variant resistant to the vaccine. Already the Delta variant reduces the effect of the vaccine by 30%. We think that with vaccines everything works out, but it does not. A virus that changes like this, basing everything on vaccines in my opinion will not have the desired effect, because we do not have the ability to update vaccines to variants at the speed with which the virus changes. reformulating the vaccine takes a couple of months and a half year to distribute, in the meantime the virus has galloped. It is one thing to vaccinate hundreds of thousands of people a year for the flu, another thing is to vaccinate tens of millions of people every year. “
Andrea Crisanti: In Great Britain, mortality has increased by 10 times
“If we want to have the perception of what happens is one thing, if instead we have to change the parameters to reassure people it is another. Britain continues to count the daily cases and mortality has increased by 10 times, so it is not true. that nothing happens, let’s face it. Johnson’s political decision is very dangerous because running this virus is very risky, new variants can be created that are more resistant to the vaccine. This virus is one step away from that situation because it is a virus with high transmissibility that is able to make sick those who have done only one dose and to a small extent also those who have done the two doses. Great Britain is taking a great risk, the problem is that all the other countries are taking the risk as well. 60,000 spectators at Wembley gives a reassuring idea of normality, but a further opportunity has been given to the virus to spread. These are political decisions. “On the Delta variant, Andrea Crisanti h he said: “If one is vaccinated with a single dose, one can develop even a serious disease although less frequently than a non-vaccinated. If one is vaccinated with two doses, the effect of vaccination decreases by 30% according to Israeli data ”.
Andrea Crisanti: Some countries are Covid-free even without mass vaccinations
Andrea Crisanti commented on the various anti-Covid strategies: “There are countries that are covid free despite not having vaccinated the population en masse, such as New Zealand and South Korea that have simply implemented policies to limit the transmission of the virus. In Singapore there was an outbreak at an airport and they tested all people potentially involved in the airport’s business and blocked the outbreak. We, on the other hand, think that everything can be solved with vaccines, but this is not the case. A changing virus like this basing everything on vaccines will not, in my opinion, have the desired effect, because we don’t have the ability to update vaccines to variants as fast as the virus changes. To reformulate the vaccine it takes a couple of months and a half year to distribute it, in the meantime the virus has galloped. It is one thing to vaccinate hundreds of thousands of people a year for the flu, and quite another to vaccinate tens of millions of people each year. When England raised the alarm on this variant we had to prevent it from arriving in Italy, with inbound and outbound controls. But the problem is European, because if every country does as it pleases and in Italy every region does as it pleases, it becomes an incredible mess ”.