Totum revolutum. This could be described as el vaccination plan because Spain has been among the most conservative countries and only administer AstraZeneca doses to those under 55 years of age, due to lack of data that support its effectiveness in other ages. This has forced that, on the one hand, the Pfizer and Moderna antigens will be administered, once the vaccination in nursing homes, to healthcare professionals and large dependents, based on age, a prioritization that will overlap with the administration from AstraZeneca-Oxford to essential groups, which will be followed by the 45-55 age group. This now, because the arrival of new vaccines or the conclusion of ongoing trials may change the strategy in the medium term.
But, for now, the Public Health Commission, in which all the communities participate, decided yesterday that with the Pfizer and Moderna antigens it should continue age criterion in force, given that “it is the main risk factor”, according to Health. Therefore, when the first phase of vaccination – residences, health care and dependents – is finished, or overlapping with this, the vaccination of those over 80 years of age will begin, which will be followed by people between 70 and 79 s and later from 60 to 69.
Next, in fourth place and in response to the requests of medical societies and patient associations, Public Health has decided to immunize those under 60 years of age who suffer from diseases that increase the risk of suffering from COVID in a serious way, pathologies that will be defined Coming soon. Seniors with serious illnesses are understood to be vaccinated when it is their age group. And for the rest, the Society for Preventive Medicine, Public Health and Hygiene (SEMPSPH) developed a proposal a few days ago, which is possibly the one that will end up being approved, in which it is indicated that people with morbid obesity, Down syndrome, diseases cardiovascular disease, poorly controlled diabetes, solid organ cancer, kidney failure and other serious ailments must have “High priority”.
At the same time and simultaneously, the administration of the AstraZeneca preparation will continue. The Public Health Commission decided days ago that it be administered to the rest of the health personnel, such as physiotherapists or pharmacists, and to essential groups such as police, firefighters and teachers. And yesterday it agreed that it is then administered to people between 45 and 55 years old without any other requirement of profession or illness. At the moment, almost 1,120,000 people 2.3% of the population in Spain are already immunized.
On the other hand, the European Commission announced yesterday the acquisition of 300 million new doses of Modern Pharma, where half of these will arrive throughout 2021, while the Community Executive reserves the right to acquire the remaining 150 million doses in 2022. In addition, the supply of 200 million additional doses from Pfizer / Biontech was also agreed to EU countries.
Daily deaths in Spain drop to 337
The incidence continues to decline and is already at 349, with ICUs at 36.1 occupancy covid
With infections in decline, until yesterday the most negative trend left by the pandemic in Spain was in deaths, which for several days relentlessly exceeded the barrier of 400 daily cases. However, this value changed yesterday. Health reported 337 more deaths, almost half of those reported the previous Wednesday. Good news in a balance that once again reported a drop in infections -10,829 new infections- and a drop in the cumulative incidence per 100,000 inhabitants of almost 36 points, to 349.8, a figure similar to that registered by the first week of January. In this sense, the slow decrease in hospital pressure also continues, with an occupancy of 14.3% (one point less than on Tuesday) and that of ICUs, which stood at 36.1% (also lower by a point).
Given these data, at the end of the Interterritorial Health Council, the Minister of Health, Carolina Darias, said that “we are on the right track”, but warned that “we still have a long way to go until we reach the threshold that we understand is absolutely necessary how are the 50 cases of cumulative incidence.
In this sense, Darias warned that this is not a homogeneous decline in all territories, and stressed that there are regions with greater decline “because they have had more restrictive measures.” Therefore, the minister reiterated – on a day in which Madrid announced that it will extend the curfew to 11 p.m. and La Rioja, which lifts the closure by municipalities and authorizes non-essential activity – the need for communities to be prudent, maintain the restrictive measures to reduce the rate of infections and carry out a prudent de-escalation.
Quarantine to Brazil and South Africa
On the other hand, Health has decided to impose a mandatory quarantine for passengers from Brazil and South Africa who arrive in Spain in order to prevent the spread of new coronavirus variants in the country. So far, a total of 613 confirmed cases of the British variant have been detected in Spain; six, from the South African; and two, from the Brazilian.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.