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Andalucía needs four times more vaccines to achieve summer immunity target

The regional government's president, Juanma Moreno, tours the CAT scan unit of the new Covid-19 Emergency Hospital in Seville.
The regional government's president, Juanma Moreno, tours the CAT scan unit of the new Covid-19 Emergency Hospital in Seville. / SUR
  • This Monday 85,850 vaccines arrived in the region but the Junta needs 350,000 a week to inoculate 70 per cent of the population by summer

The average number of doses of vaccines that Andalucía has been receiving since the beginning of the vaccination campaign needs be multiplied by four in order to achieve the goal of immunising 70 per cent of the population the summer and achieving the Junta's herd immunity target.

The region yesterday (1 February) received a shipment of 85,850 doses, of which 76,050 come from the pharmaceutical company Pfizer and 9,800, from Moderna.

To reach the goal of 70 per cent of the population having received both doses of a vaccine by the summer, Andalucía would need to receive 350,000 vaccines each week.

The number of vaccines that would be required weekly are more than the 330,980 that have arrived since the beginning of the campaign.

Of these, 300,031 have been administered and the number of people who have already received their two doses, is 78,574.

The president of the Junta de Andalucía, Juanma Moreno, warned this Monday at the inauguration of the old Military Hospital in Seville. "With this data it is arithmetically impossible for us to reach June with 70 per cent of the population vaccinated population.”

The president pointed out that the Andalusian health system has "a lot of muscle" when it comes to giving vaccines, with highly trained and experienced professionals, and that the Andalusian government's desire is to have as many vaccines as possible.

"I wish I had the problem of not being able to give as many vaccines as we received, but the problem is that we do not have enough vaccines for our ability to vaccinate," said the president.

Moreno said that Andalusian government does not have the capacity to speak directly with the European Commission.

"That is why we once again request that we all do our best to ensure that enough vaccines arrive in Andalucía," he stressed.

He called on both the central government and the European institutions "to do what they have to do so that the vaccines arrive", an objective for which he offered the support of the Junta de Andalucía.