20 Aug, 2021 @ 16:15
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Nearly 20 million EU COVID-19 travel certificates issued in Spain since early June

Nearly 20 million EU COVID-19 certificates are issued in Spain since early June
A medical syringe and a vial in front of the EU flag are seen in this creative photo taken on 18 November 2020. Pfizer and Biontech announced its conclude phase 3 study of COVID-19 coronavirus vaccine candidate with 95% primary efficacy analysis, as media reported on 18 November 2020. (Photo by STR/NurPhoto)

SPAIN has issued nearly 20 million EU COVID-19 digital travel certificates, according to the Ministry of Health.

19,901,957 documents have been downloaded as of August 19.

The digital certificate started to be issued in early June in some regions ahead of the official July 1 launch.

The overwhelming majority of the documents are show that holders are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

433,753 certificates are for people recovering from the coronavirus and 353,240 log diagnostic test results.

1,029,553 travellers have so far used the certificate to get into Spain.

The Health Ministry said: “These numbers confirm the high interest of the population in obtaining the EU Digital Certificate which is fundamental in encouraging safe travel and helps in the economic recovery of our country and Europe.”

The Canary Islands has the highest percentage of certificates issued at 59.4% followed by Galicia (57.6%) and Catalunya (55.2%).

The Murcia region stands at at 22.8% with Castilla-La Mancha on 21.5% and Madrid with 20.8%.

What perhaps is surprising is that regions with significant non-Spanish resident numbers like Andalucia, the Balearics, and the Valencian Community don’t figure higher on the list.

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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