Italian PM Takes First AstraZeneca Vaccine

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Rome, March 31: Prime Minister Mario Draghi took the first dose of the AstraZeneca Vaccine on Tuesday. The Vaccine was temporarily banned by the Italian government earlier this month. Also read: COVID-19: Ban on the sale of liquor on Easter in South Africa

According to the report of the news agency Xinhua, Prime Minister Draghi and his wife Maria Serenella Cappello got the vaccine at a center in Termini, Rome. Both are 73 years old. AstraZeneca is one of three approved vaccines for use in Italy. Two Pfizer / Bioentech and Moderna vaccines are already approved. Of the three, AstraZeneca has been the most controversial vaccine because blood clots have caused two deaths in Italy after taking the vaccine. After the second death, the use of the vaccine was banned on 19 March.

Italy’s Chief Medical Authority (AIFA) Director General Nicola Magrini said after the investigation that the ban was a ‘political’ decision and said the vaccine was completely safe.

As of Tuesday, 98 million people in Italy have received their first dose of vaccines, while the number of individuals receiving both vaccine doses is 3.1 million, which is 5.1 percent of the country’s population.

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