Thursday, January 20

Spain will receive more than a million doses of AstraZeneca to use at Easter

One dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

One dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

The Minister of Health, Carolina Darias, has announced the arrival of “more than a million” this Thursday of doses of the vaccine against the COVID-19 from AstraZeneca, which will be distributed urgently to the autonomous communities so that they can administer them during the Holy Week holidays.

At a press conference after the meeting of the Interterritorial Council of the National Health System (CISNS), the minister celebrated that, after the arrival on Monday of one million doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, “this is the first week where it will exceed two million doses“Received.” We are gaining momentum. We have said that from April the arrival of vaccines was going to be multiplied by three or four, “he said.

According to the minister, the objective of the Ministry is toue these vaccines reach the autonomous communities during Good Friday so that they can be administered as quickly as possible. “It is very important that we vaccinate every day of Holy Week,” he defended, recognizing the “effort” that the autonomous communities are making.

Asked about the 60-year restriction on the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine in Germany, the minister referred to the opinion of the European Medicines Agency (EMA). “We gave ourselves some time to wait for the EMA to establish an additional assessment. The EMA said it was going to study the thrombi. We are waiting for the EMA, where there are constant meetings, to be able to have some consideration next week. “, has riveted.

“Responsibility and exemplarity”

On the other hand, Darias has made a “call for responsibility and exemplarity” to citizens Spanish during Holy Week to avoid a more serious increase in COVID-19 infections.

LThe minister has warned of the “upward trend”, albeit at a “slow” pace throughout the Spanish territory, with 12 autonomous communities clearly increasing, four in a downward trend and three stable.

“The upward trend is worrying because of the context in which we are, with wide diffusion of the British variant, which is more transmissible and virulent. We are at 60-70 percent nationally, with some territories above 80 percent. Therefore, maximum caution and prudence, we are at a critical moment, “he warned.

In this sense, he also insisted that the occupation of beds in intensive care units (ICU) by patients with COVID-19 is already close to 20 percent. “This level of occupancy is slightly higher than the valley periods of other previous waves, which were not enough to absorb the cases by the health system,” he insisted.

In this situation, has made a “call for responsibility and exemplarity”. “We need to buy time, because each week that we manage to delay the increase in cases. Each week that we advance in vaccination we are buying time from the virus. We need the vaccines to buy time from the virus to prevent this rebound from going to a new fourth wave, it is fundamental “, has riveted.

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