Visit of Antonio Parenti to the Vaccinal Center


On 1st March 2021 Antonio Parenti, Head of the European Commission Representation, visited the vaccination center of the Campus Bio-Medico University Hospital.

“A visit that gives me hope – says the Ambassador of the European Union in Italy – because I see a vaccination center in full operation which is a necessary step to leave everyone safely in Europe, also seeing that they are bought vaccines jointly by the European countries and which are starting up again together. I am very happy that this is happening with extreme efficiency and it is a positive aspect for all of us”.

“We thank the Ambassador – reiterates Paolo Sormani, Director General of the Campus Bio-Medico University Hospital – for his presence today and, as he told us, this vaccination center is a sign of hope for all Italian citizens. We have already vaccinated more than 14,000 people in this center which is also working very well from a logistical point of view. Our structure is at the service of the Lazio Region, of Italy but also of all of Europe “.

The vaccination center – currently dedicated to the over 80s – is located next to the Health Center for the Elderly in a structure built in a very short time to respond to the request of the Lazio Region to cope with the need to vaccinate the resident over 80 population, as it has explained the director of the vaccination center, Dr. Andrea Di Mattia.

The meeting between Ambassador Parenti, the General Director of the Polyclinic Paolo Sormani, the Deputy Director General of the Polyclinic Dr. Marta Risari, prof. Massimo Maria Caneva, is part of the Health and Diplomacy (H&D) Program. In particular, the H&D Program, in order to pursue a common strategy in dealing with the serious pandemic underway, feels an active part in the efforts of the European Union by making the European Union's goal its own: anti COVID 19 vaccines safe for Europeans.

More generally, the objective of the Program is to generate a synergy between Diplomacy with National and International Institutions (Universities, Hospitals and Ministries, Research Bodies) aimed at dealing not only with direct healthcare, but also and above all at promoting and facilitating global health policy actions. The collaboration agreements entered into with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, with the Diplomatic Corps at the Holy See and with the United Nations Agency of the FAO are very important in this context.

At the end of the visit, the Ambassador appreciated the activities carried out by the University's Research Units, as described by Eng Antonella Benvenuto, Grant Office UCBM and focused on the work done by NextLab, the laboratory that investigates the neurophysiological processes underlying the complex interactions between the human nervous system and technological artifacts. He has shown particular interest in the CONBOTS project, funded with almost five million euros from the European framework program “Horizon 2020”.