The Minister of Finance and Government spokesperson, María Jesús Montero, has warned of an increase in the incidence of COVID-19 in some autonomous communities, for which she has asked “maximum prudence and maximum caution” to the citizens before Holy Week.
At a press conference this Tuesday after the Council of Ministers, Montero pointed out that the Executive is “concerned” by this rise in cases that has been observed in recent days after the bridge of San José. “The data that we learned yesterday show that in some areas the incidence is increasing. It is a situation that obviously worries the Executive,” he stressed.
In this sense, he has urged citizens to take “maximum prudence and maximum caution.” “We know that we have had a very hard year, that we have pandemic fatigue. Citizens are eager to leave this phase behind, but we are aware that, if we relax right now, then we put ourselves and the health of the vulnerable at risk. All the effort we have made previously would have been useless“, has alerted.
In this sense, he has insisted on the need to be responsible. “We need each and every one of us to assume the responsibility that we have assigned, that we continue to insist on everything that we have been doing and protecting the people most at risk, “he added.
In any case, the spokeswoman for the Executive has ruled out confinement during Holy Week, as Germany has raised: “Each country takes its measures and decisions based on its epidemiological indicators and the recommendations of its group of experts. ”
On the other hand, Montero has recognized that “all countries” are “aware” that it is “essential” to increase the rate of vaccination against COVID-19. To do this, he sees the arrival of Janssen vaccines, a single dose, during the second trimester as essential.
“I hope that the commitments will be fulfilled. We have to trust that 5.5 million Janssen vaccines will be incorporated throughout the second quarter. Based on the information provided, we are in a position to ensure the Government’s roadmap that we are around 70 percent of vaccinated citizens, sufficiently broad immunity to feel more protected “, he highlighted.
The spokesperson recalled that vaccination will be one of the issues that the heads of State and Government of the European Union will discuss during the summit on Thursday and Friday, which will be attended by the President of the Executive, Pedro Sánchez.
In the same way, the development of the vaccination certificate will be addressed. “We trust that this instrument will be given the greatest confidence and security so that international travelers can transit. All together in the framework of the EU, we have to agree on the requirements and conditions of travel, because this virus does not understand borders. We have to coordinate all the situations “, has riveted.
Set an example with AstraZeneca
The Government has also ensured that vaccination with AstraZeneca will resume tomorrow, Wednesday for people up to 65 years of age and that both the president, Pedro Sánchez, and the ministers would be “delighted” to be vaccinated if with this they contribute to give greater confidence to the citizens.
The Government has a “absolute availability If the experts so decide, they can count on my arm and that of the president and the other ministers, “said the minister spokesperson, María Jesús Montero, at the press conference after the meeting of the Council of Ministers.
According to Montero, “The Government would be delighted to be able to get vaccinated if it contributes to greater security”, but it has delegated the vaccination criteria to the experts, so they will be the ones who “invite or not” the Executive to get vaccinated to set an example.
The Executive had stopped vaccination with AstraZeneca as a precaution, but has decided to resume it after verifying its safety in people up to 65 years old.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.