The vaccination program in Spain will accelerate in the coming weeks 


April 07, 2021
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Pedro Sánchez says a steep rise in vaccine deliveries over coming months will allow the country to inoculate 70% of its adult population against COVID-19 by the end of August

Spanish President Pedro Sánchez , announced on Tuesday that the rate of vaccination in Spain will accelerate in the coming weeks and established several goals that will be achieved. He guaranteed that the vaccination target set for 70% of the population will be met  by the end of the summer  and also that "next week there will be more vaccinated with the scound dose.

“The priority now, more than ever, is to vaccinate without respite," Sánchez told a news conference. "Vaccinate, vaccinate and vaccinate,” he said.

Spain's new COVID-19 infections have been edging higher in recent weeks. The 14-day cumulative incidence, a key contagion metric, rose Monday to 163 cases per 100,000 people, from 149 a week earlier.

Spain expects to receive 87 million doses by September. “Anyone who wants a vaccine will be able to get one,” Sánchez said.

" He specified that on the 3rd May there will be in our country "5 million vaccinated with the complete schedule" ; On the 10th June, 10 million; and on 14th June, 15 million. Government forecasts speak of 25 million vaccinated on 19th July and 33 million at the end of August .  

To help the rollout pick up speed, some cities are opening mass vaccination centers. The Spanish health system has capacity to inoculate 3.5 million people a week, according to Sánchez.

“We are at the beginning of the end of the pandemic,” Sánchez said, though such hopes have risen before in Europe only to be dashed by unforeseen problems with vaccine production.

He said that under the national vaccination program about 98% of people who live in elderly care homes or who are disabled have already received a first jab, while almost 80% of people over the age of 80 have had their first dose.

He confirmed that “ the next group to be fully vaccinated will be those between 70 and 79 years of age, in addition to very high-risk patients . And then those between 66 and 69 years old. He also announced that a total of 48 million doses of vaccines will be received in the third quarter  and that, in total, more than 87 million will arrive between April and September. "We will receive 3.5 times more vaccines than up to now," he explained. Regarding the drugs that are applied in our country, he said that " the four authorized vaccines are safe , without any doubt", referring to those approved in the EU: Pfizer , AstraZeneca , Moderna and Janssen.

Specifically on the AstraZeneca vaccine , Sánchez insisted tat for now,  there is no official position of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) on the relationship between the vaccine and thrombi.  "All that we are supplying are validated by the EMA and the message is one of security," he reiterated.

Sánchez also said that the objective of his Executive is "that it is not necessary to extend beyond 9th May the current state of alarm." "We want 9th May to be the end of the state of alarm," he insisted.