The Minister of Health, Salvador Illa, assured this Thursday that the covid vaccines will arrive in Spain in less than a month, although he wanted to be realistic and said that the process will be progressive and we will have to wait until summer to “relax” security measures.
Illa said this in his monographic appearance at the Congressional Health Commission to report on the vaccination strategy against the coronavirus, in which he emphasized that “we are at a very critical moment of the pandemic.”
“We are at the gates of Christmas and winter, and we cannot lower our guard. We must continue to maintain all security measures», Said the minister, who added that although the accumulated incidence has been declining for five weeks,” we continue with very high transmission figures. “
The horizon of hope, Illa continued, to combat the pandemic is the proximity of vaccines since “if everything goes as expected” and all the criteria of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) are met, the first authorized will arrive in Spain country in less than a month, “Which will be a first step towards the desired normality.”
The EMA is currently evaluating 4 vaccines: Pfizer / BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZéneca and Janssen.
As Illa has indicated, based on the information provided by this body, on December 29 “at the latest”, a decision on the Pfizer vaccine is expected; and on January 12 on Moderna.
“While waiting for the final analysis, the results that we have been learning so far are positive,” stressed the minister who has guaranteed that if the EMA issues a positive opinion on vaccines, the European Commission has to grant the marketing authorization, something that is expected to be done in 24 or 48 hours later.
In this way, authorized vaccines would already be in a position to start being administered in the EU.
The minister has reiterated that citizens “must be calm”, because the vaccines that are authorized will have the same security levels as any other usual ones, the difference, he has specified, is that this process has been made faster, “without therefore eliminating security controls.”
Spain you will receive about 140 million doses to immunize 80 million citizens.
Illa has reported the Spanish vaccination strategy, presented a few weeks ago, and that foresees three stages, depending on the availability of the doses, and 15 different population groups.
You have recalled that first groups to receive them they will be residents and health and social health personnel in residences for the elderly and disabled; front-line health personnel; other health and social health personnel; and large non-institutionalized dependents.
The rest of the groups that will be incorporated in the following stages will be agreed progressively as the doses arrive, in addition, work with communities so that vaccines are distributed “Efficiently” and reach priority populations.
In addition, it works with pharmaceutical companies to establish single distribution points and facilitate logistical processes with the autonomous regions.
It has been reported that the Covid-19 vaccination registry of the National Health System it will start working from the moment the first doses start to be given and stressed that close monitoring of the drug will be necessary.
During her speech, Illa said that it is necessary to be realistic since vaccination will be “a progressive process” and will require “a few months, until approximately summer, to get a sufficient number of people vaccinated so that we can relax the measures safely” in Spain.
Within the Plan, work is done on a communication Strategy directed on the one hand to health professionals, so that participate and stay informed and updated on all issues related to coronavirus vaccination and on the other to the public, so that they have enough information to allow them to achieve a high level of confidence.
Illa explained that the current flu vaccination campaign makes it possible to trust both the management experience developed in times of a pandemic, and the trust that citizens show in vaccines.
In fact, one of the most important priority groups for the flu vaccine, those over 65 years of age, is having an average coverage of around 65%, which represents an increase of ten points.