The virologist at the head of the Italian drug agency: «The picture for children has changed: before 2% were infected, today we are at 25-30%. That’s why the risk of infection is becoming higher than the vaccine risk “
“Between today and tomorrow it is possible that Ema will bring forward the decision on the issue compared to the end of November” vaccine for the age group 5-11 and if the European regulatory authority expresses itself between today, tomorrow or the day after “I think it is very likely” to have the green light in Italy next Monday. He said it Giorgio Palù, president of the Italian Medicines Agency (Aifa), responding to SkyTg24 to a question about the date for the vaccine to be approved for the little ones, initially indicated by EMA for next November 29th.
For children, explains Palù, the picture is changing and “the risk of infection is becoming much greater than the risk of the vaccine.” “If before the 2% of children contracted the infection with the Alpha variant – he points out – today we are getting to 25-30%. The data from the epidemic are telling us that the 4 to 11 year old category has the highest number of incident cases. There are hospitalized children who do not have concomitant pathologies, there are children who develop a multisystemic inflammatory syndrome, ie various organs “.
Palù also intervened on the strengthening of the green pass, a measure that he considers “protective” because “those who go to hangouts for pleasure or for playful activities put others at risk if they are not vaccinated while we have to keep working activities”. And on the extension of the obligation of the third dose he added: «I would extend it to those who work in the public administration and are in contact with the public. There compulsory vaccination it is not a taboo to dispel. It already exists for some professional categories, it exists for our children, with the Lorenzin decree ».
November 24, 2021 (change November 24, 2021 | 14:02)
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