Spain's Health minister announces 4.8 million Pfizer vaccines will arrive in April

Minister of Health Carolina Darias.
Minister of Health Carolina Darias. / AGENCY
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The Minister of Health, Carolina Darias, announced this Monday (8 March) that 4.8 million vaccines from the pharmaceutical company Pfizer will arrive in Spain in April.

Thanks to these doses, "there will be a very significant increase in the arrival of vaccines" against the coronavirus, she said in an interview with Cadena SER.

“We knew that limited doses, around 8.3 million, were going to arrive in the first quarter of the year. We already have 5.5 million and in March we will reach the goal. But we also know that in the second quarter there will be a very significant increase, and in April alone 4.8 million vaccines will arrive from Pfizer," she said.

The Health Minister also explained that the possibility of the AstraZeneca vaccine being used in the future for people over 55 years of age is an "open issue", although she clarified that this decision will be taken "in light of scientific evidence”.

She said that, at the moment, the clinical trials released by the pharmaceutical company have been carried out in a population younger than 55, "therefore, for now, there is no scientific evidence," she explained.

However, other countries such as the United Kingdom, Germany and Belgium have already authorised it for vaccination in people over 55.