The Government insists that the mask against the coronavirus will not be mandatory “soon” outdoors




The mask will no longer be mandatory “soon” outdoors. It is the message that the Minister of Health, Carolina Darias, has transmitted again this Thursday, after the controversial validation of this measure – which came into force again before Christmas due to fear of the omicron variant – in the Congress of Deputies. However, it has not specified when that will take place. relaxation of restrictions, in line with the demands of some autonomies, who demand that the obligation to use the mask on the street be withdrawn.

In a press conference after visiting the vaccination center installed in the City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia, Darias pointed out that, despite the fact that Spain entered the sixth wave of the coronavirus later than other countries, the indicators highlight that it is “bending the curve day by day” faster, referring to the drop in infections and hospitalizations.

“All the data supports it”, he stressed, “also the most sensitive”, such as ICU admissions, so the country is “in a position to relax measures”, thanks to the “very high” vaccination coverage: the 90.8% of the population of legal age has the complete pattern.

Regarding the complaints of some volunteers participating in the Spanish vaccine trials of HIPRA -in phase III and scheduled for the second quarter of the year- for not including her condition in the covid passport, the minister has assured that her department works “intensely” with the European Commission so that this possibility exists and hopes that they can prove “soon” the inoculation of the drug.

On the other hand, Darias has pointed out that Spain is “in time” to buy the antiviral de Pfizer, after its approval this week by the European Medicines Agency (EMA). “We are finalizing it and I hope it will be soon,” she clarified, asked when that acquisition announced by President Pedro Sánchez a few weeks ago will materialize. In this regard, Health is closing contracts, according to its head, although it has pointed out that this type of treatment has limitations when it comes to production and distribution.

European clinical history

The minister has taken advantage of the visit to announce that the Valencian Community will be the first autonomy of Spain in power view case histories from other European countries. The first of these will be Portugal, but from June Malta, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Croatia, Luxembourg and France will join.

The health professionals of the member states will have access to a summary -treatments, vaccines, allergies, diagnoses and implants- in Spanish and English of the medical history of citizens of any other territory who require unscheduled care.

In addition, the Ministry calculates that the same dates will incorporate the electronic prescription interoperability, allowing a national prescription to be dispensed in another country of the European Union.

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