Measures against pandemic are taking effect, says president of the Spanish government

The president of the Spanish government, Pedro Sánchez, assured this Sunday that the measures adopted to deal with the second wave of covid-19 “are taking effect” and detailed the vaccination strategy in the first months of 2021.

The number of COVID-19 cases decreased to less than 400 per 100,000 inhabitants in the last two weeks, while at the beginning of November it stood at 530 positives per 100,000 inhabitants.

“The strategy is working,” boasted the socialist leader, referring to the measures adopted by the coalition government of PSOE and United We Can (radical left), such as the restoration of the state of alarm.

After having applied one of the strictest confinements in Europe in spring, the Spanish executive did not confine the entire country again and left the adoption of restrictions, such as night curfews or perimeter confinements, to the autonomous governments.

Sánchez also detailed his vaccination plan, after announcing on Friday that a “very substantial” part of the population will have already been vaccinated by mid-2021.

“The capacity of the health system to be able to vaccinate in a short space of time is frankly outstanding and gives us confidence that we can meet this ambitious goal,” he said at a virtual press conference from the Palacio de la Moncloa in Madrid.

This strategy, according to Sánchez, will begin in January at 13,000 vaccination points throughout the country.

The chief executive recalled that these same points recently allowed 14 million people to be vaccinated against seasonal flu, while in 2019 10 million Spaniards received it.

The government plans to approve this vaccination strategy on Tuesday, promoted since September, in the council of ministers.

More than 42,600 people died and 1.5 million were infected with the coronavirus in Spain, the fourth European country with the highest total number of deaths behind the United Kingdom, Italy and France.

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