According to the explanations of the government leader, who spoke to the media after the virtual meeting of the G20, the Spanish vaccination plan must be approved by the Council of Ministers as early as Tuesday and is based on five lines of action, of which stand out the definition of 13,000 vaccination points and a unique national strategy, developed by a multidisciplinary group of experts.
“Every year, 10 million people are vaccinated in Spain against the flu. Therefore, it is considered that the National Health System is prepared to achieve this objective. An example: this year, in eight weeks, 14 million people were vaccinated ”, said Sánchez, assuring that the priority groups will have access to the vaccine.
At the same time, the Spanish head of government said that the country is already creating logistical conditions to guarantee “the necessary temperature” for the conservation of the vaccine, which, in the case of BioNTech / Pfizer, requires a temperature of minus 70 degrees.
The European Union has already signed contracts with pharmaceutical companies AstraZeneca, Sanofi, Janssen and BioNTech / Pfizer for one billion expandable doses, the signing with CureVac will be imminent and negotiations with Moderna for 400 million additional vaccines are at a very advanced stage. Spain, according to Sánchez, will be responsible for 10% of these doses that the European Union will be able to make available to member countries.
Official figures for the covid-19 pandemic in Spain point to 1,556,730 cases and 42,619 deaths. The data announced on Saturday by the Spanish Ministry of Health reported 15,156 new infections and 328 more deaths, despite the fact that virus transmission has been declining for at least 11 days and the cumulative incidence was 419 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.
However, Sánchez stressed that the cumulative incidence of cases of the new coronavirus is less than 400 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in 14 days, a number that will be released on Monday and which, for the government leader, demonstrates the effectiveness of the restrictions imposed the state of emergency in force in the country.
Spain is the sixth country in the world in terms of cases since the beginning of the pandemic and is only behind the United States (more than 12 million), India (more than nine million), Brazil (more than six million), France (2, Million) and Russia (more than two million).
The covid-19 pandemic caused at least 1,381,915 deaths resulting from more than 58.1 million cases of infection worldwide, according to a report by the French agency AFP.