Italy approves covid vaccine for kids age 5-11

Italy to expand its covid vaccination campaign to 5-11 year olds after all-clear from AIFA. Italy's medicines agency AIFA on Wednesday evening authorised the Pfizer-BioNTech covid-19 vaccine for chil...

Italy reports first case of Omicron covid variant

Patient had returned to Italy from Mozambique. Italy on Saturday confirmed its first case of the Omicron covid-19 variant, a heavily mutated strain of the virus recently detected in southern Africa,...

Omicron: Italy sets up task force to study new covid variant

Italy bans arrivals from southern African countries amid concerns about Omicron variant. Italy's premier infectious diseases hospital, the Spallanzani in Rome, has established a task force to study d...

Italian cities impose new covid restrictions over Christmas season

Cities seek to limit covid spread and avoid becoming yellow zones. Italian cities are bringing in restrictions in a bid to reduce the risk of covid infections among the crowds of people shopping duri...

Italy bans flights from southern Africa over covid variant

Concerns over new variant covid prompt Italy to bring in fresh travel restrictions. Italy has banned arrivals from southern African countries over concerns about B.1.1.529, a new highly contagious co...

Italy to offer covid vaccine booster to over-18s from 1 December

Covid booster is currently available in Italy to those aged over 40. Italy is to offer the third covid vaccine dose, or booster shot, to everyone aged over 18 from 1 December, the health minister Rob...

Italy allows covid booster vaccine after 5 months

Covid-19 booster shot "crucial" says health minister as Italy reduces gap between second and third dose by one month. Italy is to offer a covid-19 vaccine booster five months after completing the fir...

Italy Green Pass protesters attack journalist and bar staff at Rome rally

Calls to move Green Pass protests away from Circus Maximus. A high-profile Italian journalist and the owner of a bar were attacked and threatened by protesters during a rally against Italy's covid Gr...

Italy: Sicily orders masks to be worn outdoors

Sicily tightens covid restrictions ahead of the Christmas season. People in Sicily are required to wear protective face masks in crowded outdoor areas following an order signed by the regional presid...

Italy's bishops slam No Vax and No Green Pass protests

Italian bishops condemn 'selfish' and 'irresponsible' protests. The Italian Bishops Conference (CEI) took aim at the No Vax and No Green Pass movements, describing the protests as being in some cases...

Italy passenger with no covid Green Pass holds up high-speed train

Italy's new Green Pass rules for trains are designed to protect public health and avoid a repeat of situations similar to what occurred on 1 September.   A passenger who delayed a high-speed train in...

Italy regions ask for covid restrictions to apply only to No Vax

Italian governors point to "Austria model" as some regions risk return to yellow zone restrictions amid rise in covid infections. The Italian government has turned down a request from Italy's regiona...

Italy tightens covid Green Pass rules on public transport

Move comes amid rise in Italy's covid-19 infection rate. The Italian government has updated the covid Green Pass rules for public transport, including taxis, in a new decree signed on Monday by Italy...

Robert F. Kennedy Jr slams Italy's Green Pass at Milan rally

Two arrests in Milan during first No Green Pass rally under Italy's new protest rules. Robert F. Kennedy Jr, the prominent anti-vaxxer and nephew of former US president JFK, on Saturday addressed a N...

Italy offers covid-19 vaccine booster to over 40s

Booster to be made available for people in their 40s and 50s. Italy is to offer a third dose of the covid-19 vaccine to the 40-59 age group from 1 December, according to a statement released by the h...

Italy bans covid Green Pass protests from city centres

Italian government gets tough with Green Pass protesters. Italy's interior ministry has cracked down on the No Green Pass movement by prohibiting their rallies from city centres, in a bid to protect...

Italy clamps down on Green Pass protests

New rules for demonstrations against Italy's covid Green Pass. Italy's interior ministry has issued an order clamping down on protests by the No Green Pass movement, with effect from this weekend....

Italy police bust fake Green Pass ring led by teenage mastermind

Fake Green Pass ring saw teenager in Italy collaborate with Russian hackers. A 17-year-old student near Rome is accused of selling fake Green Pass certs online with the help of Russian hackers in an...

Italy No Green Pass protests in Trieste and Milan

Protesters and police clash on streets of Trieste. Thousands of people took to the streets of Trieste, Milan and several other Italian cities on Saturday night to protest against Italy's covid Green...

ReiThera: Bill Gates funds Made in Italy covid vaccine

Funds granted to help Rome-based firm develop vaccines against covid-19 and HIV. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded a grant of $1.4 million to the Italian biotech firm ReiThera for the...

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