Mass Covid-19 vaccinations begin as 369,525 Pfizer vaccines arrive in Spain

Vaccines arrive at Madrid airport early Tuesday.
Vaccines arrive at Madrid airport early Tuesday. / SUR
  • The doses arrived on flights into Madrid, Vitoria, Barcelona, Valencia and Seville after being delayed for a day due to a logistics problem at the manufacturer

The 369,525 doses of the Pfizer / BioNtech vaccine - scheduled to arrive in Spain on Monday - have arrived early Tuesday at airports in Madrid, Barcelona, Vitoria, Valencia and Seville allowing for the mass vaccination of the popuation to begin.

The arrival of the vaccines was delayed for a day after a ‘logistics problem’ at Pfizer.

“Due to a minor logistical problem, we have rescheduled a limited number of our deliveries. The logistics issue has been resolved and those deliveries are now being shipped. There are no manufacturing issues to report,” Pfizer stressed.

After the arrival of the flights on Tuesday the distribution to each region began under tight security measures.

The Army will be responsible for taking the vaccines to the Canary Islands, the Balearic Islands, Ceuta and Melilla.

By April, Spain will have received 4.6 million doses that will allow it to vaccinate 2.3 million people, almost all the ‘at risk’ group, made up mainly of care home residents and their caregivers.