The President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, announced this morning that Spain will be the first country in the European Union (EU), together with Germany, to have a complete vaccination plan. “We have worked since September and we will present it on Tuesday in the Council of Ministers”, He announced during the presentation in La Rioja of the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan for the Spanish Economy.
Likewise, it has revealed that the intention of the Executive is that “A very substantial part of the Spanish population is vaccinated, with all guarantees, in the first half of 2021”. This forecast coincides with the one made a few days ago by Salvador Illa, Minister of Health, who stated that in May 2021 there would be a significant percentage of vaccination among citizens. “We have a six-month time horizon. The deadline is no accident. Is a deadline given by the experts, which they consider appropriate to overcome the most critical stage, ”Sánchez assured.
“Any euphoria must be offset by caution. The EU has already signed three contracts -with Sanofi, AstraZeneca Y Pfizer– per 1,000 million doses ”, he added. For its part, negotiations with Modern, for 400 million doses. Of the doses that the EU acquires, “Our country corresponds to 10%. We are working at full capacity so that the vaccines are available as soon as possible ”. Finally, he has advanced that there is a “powerful” logistics and that the CSIC is also working with vaccines “that we will patent.”
Spain is on the right track
On the other hand, Sánchez has argued that Spain is on the right track to bend the curveas they have been chained two consecutive weeks of decrease in incidence of contagions, until reaching 436 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days. “We are on the right path to bend the curve, fulfilling the objective we have set, although we still have a very high incidence”, Has reflected. This “ambitious” goal is, as he recalled, that the incidence be 25, as recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the European Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, for its acronym in English).
Moreover, he has dropped that there will be restrictions for Christmas because it will be inevitable that travel and contacts will increase. “We are reducing the curve and contagions, but we can’t relax in these critical moments like Christmas, in which we will enjoy with our loved ones, but where mobility will be increased. We will have to give a specific answer for these critical and important moments, that need a specific answer ”, he concluded.