| 30 May 2024, Thursday |

Italy’s Draghi and wife receive AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine

Italy’s Prime Minister Mario Draghi and his wife Maria Serenella Cappello received their first shots of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine on Tuesday as Italy looks to scale up its inoculation drive.

Italy was one of a number of European countries that earlier this month paused usage of the AstraZeneca doses following reports of nearly 30 cases of rare brain blood clots in people who had recently had a jab.

Most countries resumed administering it after the European Union’s drug watchdog announced that the benefits outweighed the risks.

Draghi and his wife, who are both 73, received their jabs at a large vaccination center set up at Rome’s main railway station, the prime minister’s office said in a brief statement.

According to latest data, Italy, which has a population of around 60 million, has fully inoculated 3.04 million people, while another 3.6 million have had their first dose only.

The country is administering around 250,000 vaccines a day, but Draghi has said this number would double in April.

  • Reuters