COVID-19, Malta with massive vaccination drive
VALLETTA (MALTA) (ITALPRESS/MNA) – Malta has administered almost all the vaccine jabs it has received so far. According to the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Health Chris Fearne, only 918 of 203,820 vaccine jabs had yet to be used or been kept aside for second doses.
Chris Fearne has also called on the European Commission to negotiate with Russia so that the Sputnik V vaccine can be made available to all EU citizens.
Meanwhile, the Superintendent for Public Health Prof. Charmaine Gauci announced that 6 individuals that have been vaccinated against coronavirus passed away. Gauci said the majority of those who received the vaccine are protected against the virus. However, one is not protected 100 per cent. She advised those individuals considered as vulnerable to adhere to the measures aimed at mitigating the spread of the virus.
Prof. Gauci added that the UK variant has become more dominant. According to the latest studies, 79% of the positive cases have been attributed to the highly infectious variant.
According to official statistics, Malta has 1,660 active cases with an average age of 39 years. 7,011 individuals are in mandatory quarantine. 385 patients have lost their life due to coronavirus. The latest victims are a 71-year-old female and a 46-year-old male, both died at Mater Dei Hospital. A 77-year-old male passed away at Gozo General Hospital.