After publishing a special issue dedicated to Milan and Italy, distributed free of charge in newsstands in Lombardy, Vanity Fair confirms its commitment to wanting to transmit a message of hope, strength, courage and above all gratitude to those who are fighting this global frontline fight in Italy against the Covid-19 virus.
The new issue of the weekly magazine directed by Simone Marchetti, on newsstands for March 25 for two weeks, is dedicated to doctors, nurses, pharmacists, workers, volunteers and workers involved in the struggle. all proceeds from newsstand sales will be donated to the Papa Giovanni XXIII Hospital in Bergamo, one of the most troubled at the moment.
“Bergamo and its hospitals found themselves unwillingly at the center of an unprecedented health earthquake. The test to which the whole territory is subjected is very hard, and the health facilities are our first line. Doctors and nurses are doing the impossible. We must give them all the support they can. Men and means are needed to face a need for treatment that is greater than the current possibilities, even if multiplied since the beginning of the emergency. Thanks, therefore, to Vanity Fair and the Condé Nast Group for putting themselves at our side, with the strength of their communication channels and with a generosity that honors them “ comments Giorgio Gori, mayor of Bergamo.
On the cover of the issue is Caterina Conti, a 39-year-old pulmonologist, a doctor from the Bergamo hospital, engaged in the facility that more than any other, to date, has reached the limit of ICU admissions.
And if in the previous issue #IoSonoMilano was shrieked on the cover, (hashtag that on Instagram from Milan arrived throughout Italy and then bounced around the world in a universal chorus of voices, famous and not, also reposted by great international personalities), the new cover reads #IOCISONO, a message of presence and civil and human commitment that becomes a heroic example.
“But do not call these doctors, nurses, workers and volunteers heroes because they themselves do not want to be defined like this. They are professionals with an incredible sense of duty, workers at the ends of their strength and possibilities. For us, they become the reflection of a Italy strong and full of hope, a country that has always been able to overcome the most difficult moments. Their stories and businesses, all narrated in this issue, become a human novel that will accompany us forever, not only in the days of this emergency” so Simone Marchetti, director of Vanity Fair.
The issue recounts the daily battles of those struggling with an unprecedented emergency. Among the many stories of courage, there is that of a family of pharmacists from Salerno who continues to work for the community despite the fact that his daughter has been infected; that of a cashier and a newsagent in contact with the public every day; that of an employee of a factory that produces basic necessities; that of a volunteer who in the Marche brings drugs home to immunosuppressed people; and that of a general practitioner from the province of Brescia who talks about the difficulty of this moment.
A special edition that collects success stories, dedication and strength, such as that of Professor Tiberio, who has converted a resuscitation department of the hospital of Padua, or Patrizia Barbieri, mayor of Piacenza, with the testimony from the quarantine of a woman who does not give up, and the solidarity shown by the restaurants and chefs who cook for free for doctors.
In addition to the interviews with Gennaro Arma, Commander of the Diamond Princess who has just returned to Italy, commended for the courageous quarantine on the ship moored in Yokohama, and Daniela Trabattoni, cardiologist of Monzino, the number contains the testimonies of Chiara Gamberale, Cesare Cremonini, Daria Bignardi, and a short story written for Vanity Fair by the writer Eshkol Nevo on the world situation at the time of Covid-19.