Madrid.- Vaccination against Covid-19 in Spain It will begin in January 2021 and will not be mandatory, according to the Spanish Minister of Health, Salvador Illa, on Saturday about the plan that the Executive of the socialist Pedro Sánchez will announce next week.
The European Union (EU) has already signed contracts with the pharmaceutical companies AstraZeneca, Sanofi, Janssen and BioNTech / Pfizer for one billion expandable doses; Signing with CureVac is imminent and negotiations with Moderna for another 400 million additional vaccines are well advanced.
A Spain would correspond a 10% of those doses, as indicated yesterday by the President of the Spanish Government, Pedro Sánchez, who valued that the country would be the first in the EU, together with Germany, to have a complete vaccination.
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The objective of this plan is that by mid-2021 some 30 million citizens have been vaccinated, “a 70% of the population in round numbers, “which would allow a good part of the citizenry to be immunized, Illa said today in a radio interview.
According to official figures, the total number of infections since the start of the pandemic in Spain The deaths already amount to one million 556 thousand 730 and 42 thousand 619 dead.
The latest data offered yesterday by the Spanish Ministry of Health indicated 15,156 new cases of coronavirus and 328 deaths, although the transmission of the virus had decreased for the eleventh consecutive day and the cumulative incidence stood at 419 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.
Illa explained that in Spain There are 13,000 vaccination points available and, in other campaigns, about 10 million people are usually vaccinated in a period of two months, so that with the usual network of vaccination points “it will be possible to function perfectly with a fast and efficient rhythm , and with guarantees “.
The Minister of Health believes that there is a very high awareness among Spanish citizens regarding the benefits of getting vaccinated, since Spain It is a country with a very good tradition of vaccination, so it considers that it will not be necessary for the coronavirus to be mandatory.
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While that time comes, and with the approach of Christmas, most Spanish regions have begun to adopt measures to try to reach those holidays with the lowest possible incidence of the virus.
Especially taking into account the proximity of the Constitution Bridge, which is celebrated in the first week of December and which is one of those that usually registers the greatest movements and movements of people to make purchases given the proximity of the Christmas holidays.
For those days, almost all the Spanish autonomous communities will be shielded with perimeter closures.