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A race against time TGCOM24 – 12th April

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TGCOM 24 12th April 2020

Because we were hoping that, once reached the peak, having got the famous plateau, the downward trajectory would be quite steady and fast. Instead we are whilst the numbers are falling each day, they are not all that comforting. Piero Di Lorenzo, we’re back with you again, welcome and Happy Easter

PIERO DI LORENZO

Happy Easter to you too and to your viewers

LUCA RIGONI

Thank you. I wanted to ask you having spoken earlier with Professor Massimo Galli on the subject of vaccines, he didn’t seem particularly optimistic, he was saying “ Hopefully they will find one, but it has to be done for the whole world and there will be those who want to get hold of it first. It won’t be available to the whole world of mankind the very next day. Right but I would like to ask you: what point are you at in the studies you are doing with the British in Oxford?

PIERO DI LORENZO

Well, I agree with Professor Galli 100%, what he said is sacrosanct; that is, we are in a race against time to get to an approved vaccine but no one should be under any illusion that this…will be, so to speak “implementable” for the entire population. Time is needed and in this respect, on Easter day, I want to give a message of hope. We are very optimistic about our vaccine. Even as regards the timescales involved. But then…once the vaccine is confirmed as being non-toxic and effective, then time is needed for large scale production and distribution. Professor Galli was right, because we are feeling the pressure form governments that are hurrying to get hold of the first hundred thousand or so doses. And it is recognized that vaccinating all healthcare workers and law enforcement agencies makes a difference. Therefore…Therefore

LUCA RIGONI

There is a strategic difference, too…I am thinking here of a major power such as the United States, rather than China or Russia.  They are differences in terms of global control.

PIERO DI LORENZO

I would also say one specific thing: you should realize that, for a government to tell its citizens that it has managed to get hold of the first doses that’s not a small thing, you know. So let’s just say, as I said before, that we are already feeling the pressure as we get closer to our goal.

LUCA RIGONI

Let me ask you this: you said that timescales are not too long. I was quoting this Israeli scientist earlier…La Stampa wrote about it yesterday. He was interviewed yesterday by La Stampa. Using a vaccine that is not injected… In fact, a simpler system is used to take it.  Are you in competition? Are you two working together? Are they different pathways?

PIERO DI LORENZO

Look, let me tell you something we’re finding out every day that someone is competing to reach the goal in this competition. All those who actually succeed in making the vaccine aside from planting their flag on the Moon to say they got there first…all of those who make it, whether a month before or a month after the others, will end up in the pharmacies and will have…and they’ll have plenty of financial reward, no problem at all.  May I just say that, among all those who are doing press releases, there may be the odd show-off.

LUCA RIGONI

I understand…

PIERO DI LORENZO

But right now there are 4-5 definite players, in the Netherlands and Germany. In the United States. And then there’s ourselves with the Jenner Institute at Oxford University. I think that within a few months, maybe within a few days, we will be able to say what month it will be. There will be a vaccine within the space of a few months.

LUCA RIGONI

Excuse me may I say something? Because people are wondering: What does “a few months” mean? October or February? Because there’s quite a big difference.

PIERO DI LORENZO

Look there is quite a big difference from a media point of view, from the population’s point of view…the difference is minimal…because even if the vaccine is ready by October, and that is not an impossibility, before all those steps that Professor Galli has listed can be taken, in terms of production and distribution, many more months will go by. However, as far as we are concerned, we think that, by the end of the year the vaccine will be here.

LUCA RIGONI

By the end of the year? We’ll make a note of that Dr. Di Lorenzo! The vaccine by the end of the year, then the tests, the approvals and so on. But we’ll keep this news very much in mind. Thank you!

PIERO DI LORENZO

Keep this news in mind and maybe we’ll talk again even sooner.

LUCA RIGONI

Well let’s hope so!

PIERO DI LORENZO

Happy Easter

LUCA RIGONI

We are heartened during this difficult Easter period by the words and deeds of Pope Francis. Thank you to Piero Di Lorenzo.

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