In an interview with the daily Corriere della Sera on Thursday, a professor at the University of Milan stated that a distinction should be made between vaccinated and unvaccinated.
– Only for the former, infection with SARS-CoV-2 may be something like catching the fluwhich is caught by millions of people each winter and is fatal in 0.1%. cases, especially for those over 70 with serious illnesses, Abrignani said.
He stressed that by last spring, before mass vaccination began, COVID-19 in Italy was 2-3 percent fatal. cases. At that time, as the immunologist noted, there were 30-40 thousand daily numbers. infections and 700-900 deaths.
Currently, Abrignani noted when 94 percent of the subjects were vaccinated. the population over 60 years of age and the spread of the Omikron variant, the daily average of infections is 172 thousand. and 216 deaths. This in turn means that COVID-19 mortality is 0.12%.
The expert pointed out that some countries are moving towards the rules of a normal life in the presence of the virus, with less restrictions and with a certain number of dead, as he called it “acceptable”.
– Are we able to tolerate 3-4 thousand people in Italy, after the peak of infections expected at the end of January? of COVID-19 deaths per month for four to five months in exchange for a normal life again? the scientist asked. Abrignani expressed the opinion that there is no point in giving a fourth dose of the same vaccine two or three months after the previous oneas is the case in Israel.
Repeated vaccinations in a short period of time “extinguish the immune reaction” the expert noted. In his opinion, the situation would be different if the fourth dose was a preparation developed against the Omikron variant. Then it would be like getting the flu shot every year. – We change this preparation every winter and we do not talk about the third or fourth dose, but about a new vaccination – he emphasized.