Sánchez wants May 9th to be the end of the State of Alarm in Spain
The Spanish Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, said earlier today that he wants May 9th to be the end of the state of alarm in Spain, and that from then on it is the Inter-territorial Council who makes any decisions regarding restrictions. He stated this during the press conference after the Council of Ministers in which he explained the milestones of the vaccination plan over the next few months months, in which he is confident will lead Spain to have 70% of the population vaccinated at the end of August.
Sánchez announced a series of "milestones" on vaccination within the "most prudent and conservative scenario." Specifically, he has detailed that during the next week "there will be more people vaccinated with both doses than the number of infections reported."
He laid out the milestones as follows, based on promise of supply from the pharmaceutical companies, and vaccination capacity put forward by each Health Authority in the 17 regions of Spain:
- Week of May 3rd: five million people will be fully vaccinated.
- First week of June: 10 million people will be fully vaccinated.
- Week of June 14th: 15 million people will be fully vaccinated.
- Week of July 19th: 25 million people will be fully vaccinated.
- End of August: 33 million people (70% of targetpopulation) will be fully vaccinated.
“In this second quarter the vaccination process is going to accelerate significantly. We are going to join all our forces to vaccinate and continue without stopping. It is the main priority of the Government. Each vaccinated person is a person protected against the serious development of the disease and is, therefore, a safe life,” he said.
According to Sánchez, between April and June 38 million doses of vaccines from Janssen (5.7 million of this single-dose vaccine before June), Moderna, AstraZeneca and Pfizer-BioNTech will reach Spain. "This means receiving 3.5 times more doses than in the first trimester," he explained. Thus, once the CureVac vaccine is authorized, the chief executive has stated that "between June and September, 48 million doses of that vaccine will arrive."
In short, he has detailed that Spain has "contracted more than 87 million doses between April and September." "This will allow us to ensure that any compatriot who wishes can be vaccinated in this period, can be" he stated flatly.
At this point, the Prime Minister detailed that almost four out of five over 80 year olds (79.5%), have received at least one dose, and that 44% have had both. In the same way, "almost all of the 405,179 people institutionalized in nursing homes, residences or disability centres, 98%, have received at least the first dose and 90% also the second."
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The Government's objectives are that by April 11th (Sunday), all those over 80 years of age have received at least one dose and the second before "the first half of May." After them, the next group to be vaccinated will be people aged 70 to 79, who will be given the Pfizer, Moderna and Janssen vaccines. Along with this group, people at high risk of Covid-19 will also be vaccinated, such as transplant patients, cancer patients, people with Down syndrome or on Hemodialysis. Next, it will continue with the group of 60 to 69 years.