8 Mar, 2021 @ 13:22
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SHOT IN THE ARM as Spain’s Health Minister says that 4.8 million Pfizer vaccines will arrive in April

Madrid  Spain  04 01 2021   The Spanish Minister Of Health  Salvador Illa
Madrid, Spain; 04/01/2021.- The Spanish Minister of Health, Salvador Illa, at a press conference after the meeting of the Interterritorial Council of the National Health System, in Madrid. The Minister of Health, Salvador Illa, reiterated this Monday that he will remain at the head of the ministerial department until the start of the campaign for the Catalan elections scheduled for February 14 and will work in "body and soul" in the Ministry until then . The Minister of Territorial Policy, Carolina Darias, has assured that she is "at the disposal" of Pedro Sánchez if he decides that she is the one to replace Salvador Illa at the head of Health, who has confirmed that he will continue in the ministry until the beginning of the electoral campaign in Catalonia. Photo: Pool/dani Duch/Juan Carlos Rojas/Picture Alliance | usage worldwide

A major boost to Spanish vaccine supplies is scheduled for next month with the arrival of 4.8 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine, according to Health Minister, Carolina Darias.

When they will actually go into people’s arms is another question.

The next injection phase has already started in many parts of Spain which involves the over-80’s.

Plans for mass vaccinations have been unveiled to begin in April, based on age ranges.

All expats with a SIP card will qualify to get a jab with private insurance plan holders advised by the British Consulate to contact their provider.

In a radio interview today(March 8), Carolina Darias said: “The arrival of the Pfizer doses will more than double the current shipments.”

It is a significant increase on current levels which has been a problem across the whole of the European Union, compared to the UK.

“We knew that limited supplies were going to arrive in the first three months of 2021 at around 8.3 million doses,” added Darias.

“We have already got 5.5 million and this March we will reach that 8.3 million target, ahead of a very significant increase from April onwards, “ she told radio station Cadena Ser.

She also reiterated her government’s goal, frequently expressed by Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, that 70% of the population will have had shots in their arms come the end of the summer.

Darias also wanted current coronavirus restrictions to be gently relaxed to avoid the chances of a ‘fourth wave’ of the pandemic.

“Relaxations should be gradual to allow time for the vaccines to kick in as we go for a target of just 50 cases per 100,000 people. We will then go for a new target of 25 cases.”

Alex Trelinski

Alex worked for 30 years for the BBC as a presenter, producer and manager. He covered a variety of areas specialising in sport, news and politics. After moving to the Costa Blanca over a decade ago, he edited a newspaper for 5 years and worked on local radio.

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