Switzerland struggles with the coronavirus.

At the gates of a referendum that questions for the second time the government policy against the Covid-19, the country deplores more than 11 thousand victims of the pandemic.

The majority rejection of the 26 Cantons that make up the Swiss Confederation to the idea of ​​paying 50 Swiss francs to anyone who convinces a third party to get vaccinated, led yesterday to the Federal Council, the 7-member collegiate body that governs the country, to withdraw the proposal, even though it has reportedly been successful in Sweden, and is being implemented in Greece and Serbia, and in the cities of New York and Vancouver.

One of the arguments against the promise has been the alleged favoritism of paying new candidates to be vaccinated, and not offering that equivalent of 50 dollars also to those who had been vaccinated before, which is practiced in the states of Maryland and Virginia, in United States. The Swiss government based the measure with the calculation that 100 vaccinations would prevent hospitalization and 250 would save a patient from entering intensive care, but the confederate system of political power, between the cantons and the federal executive, turned the initiative

However, the problem identified by the authorities persists since, according to statistics, it would take an additional million vaccinated to face the arrival of the winter holidays, and the holidays and holidays of the end and the new year. The rising autumn cold, and the increase in public and private meetings and celebrations, would be conducive to the circulation of the virus, and would increase the risk of new infections. The 140 thousand vaccinated per week reached today would not be enough to obtain greater immunity in the population, when vaccination is not mandatory. Hence, it is essential to get 1 million more punctures by the conviction before 2022.

Currently, the requirement of a health certificate is maintained with the 2 doses of the vaccines that are being applied preferably, those of Pfizer/BioNTech and Modern, with the recent addition of that contributed by Johnson & Johnson 1 dose: or, failing that, replacement by a PCR test that guarantees the non-contamination of its carrier, all this for those who wish to access closed rooms of bars, restaurants, cultural events, cinemas, theaters, museums, gyms and stadiums sports. The masks subsist on public transport and in stores and supermarkets.

The references in view are Portugal, which achieved herd immunity and lifted the restriction measures, or Sweden, which never considered establishing any certificate. In Switzerland, this certificate expires on January 24, 2022, the date on which it would expire or should be renewed, not forgetting in the meantime the second referendum next month, against the Covid-19 Law of 2020 (later modified in March 2021 ), which holds said certificate, considered “discriminatory”, by those who attack him at the polls. A first referendum in September 2020 against the original and unmodified version of said Law was rejected by 60% of the votes.

In order to increase the number of vaccinated, the priority is to persuade 800,000 people between 18 and 65 years of age to be inoculated, and 100,000 more to those over 65 years of age. This would mean finishing immunizing a total of more than 6,000,000 inhabitants, that is, around 70% of the 8.6 million Swiss or foreign residents that populate the country. To achieve this, the rulers have launched a battery of measures, around scheduling a vaccination week next month, encouraged by a personalized letter in all postal boxes in the territory.

At the same time, 170 vaccination buses will be launched, supplementary to those that already circulate, which will be installed in public squares, sports fields, schools, and even discos, so that people do not have the need to travel and attend either to evacuate. doubts, or if they wish, to be vaccinated immediately, while maintaining respect for those who refuse to do so.

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In turn, social networks will be contacted to spread government messages, and personalized telephone calls will be made from officials to those who are reluctant or undecided to be vaccinated in order to make them change their attitude. Communes, sports and religious organizations will be called upon to contribute to the campaign, which will cost 100 million Swiss francs. Yesterday 972 new cases were found, 3 deaths and no hospitalization.

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