Spain will start a large-scale campaign in January to inoculate the population with a vaccine against the corona virus. The Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced this on Sunday.
According to Sanchez, a “very substantial part” of the 47 million Spaniards could be vaccinated in the first quarter of next year, El País newspaper cites him.
Spain, together with Germany, is the first EU country with a complete vaccination plan, the Spanish prime minister argues. “We have some difficult months ahead, but the roadmap has been drawn,” he said. Spaniards will be able to receive an injection at 13,000 vaccination points. Sanchez also promises to release more resources for additional healthcare personnel.
In Spain, more than 46,000 people have already died of COVID-19, placing the southern European country in ninth place worldwide.
The European Medicines Agency EMA may approve corona vaccines from BioNTech-Pfizer and Moderna in the second half of December, making them conditional on the European market. Initially, however, the funds may only be available in very small quantities, the European Commission warned earlier this week.