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PM promises vaccines for half of Spain by July and an end to the state of alarm

PM promises vaccines for half of Spain by July and an end to the state of alarm
/ EFE
  • Pedro Sánchez has said that, if the pandemic allows, the government doesn't want to extend the state of alarm any further than the current 9 May end date

The Spanish government maintains its Covid-19 vaccination plan despite the continual supply issues with the laboratories or safety concerns.

Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez said on Tuesday that the promise of reaching herd immunity with 70% of the population vaccinated against Covid-19 by the end of August was still in place. He went even further, saying that more than half of the 47 million inhabitants of this country will have received complete doses of the vaccine by the middle of July, that is, 25 million people.

Sánchez made it clear that in terms of vaccination Spain was ahead among the biggest EU countries, and that the situation was going to improve greatly.

According to the new vaccination calendar revealed on Tuesday, by next week the number of people in Spain with the vaccine will be greater than the official number of people diagnosed with the virus (3.3 million).

Vaccine calendar

By the week of 3 May there will be five million inhabitants with the full vaccination; by the first week of June there will be 10 million; by mid June the figure will have increased to 15 million; and one month later, the week of 19 July, 25 people will have received the full dosis of a Covid-19 vaccine.

Sánchez said he was sure that the country would be able to stick to the calendar after receiving commitments from the major laboratories that supply the EU (Pfizer/BionTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Janssen) that they do not expect more delays in shipments.

With the arrival of more than 86 million doses of vaccines before September, the prime minister said that from autumn Spain will have enough supplies to give the vaccine to everyone who wants it.

He added that he was sure that the health service would be able to cope with the imminent massive arrival of vaccine with an inoculation capacity of "more than" 3.5 million doses a week.

State of alarm

After delivering this optimistic vaccination programme, Sánchez said that, if the epidemic conditions improve as expected, his intention is not to extend the current state of alarm beyond its 9 May end date.

The current state of alarm, which gives authorities a legal framework for imposing curfews and restricting movement, came into force on 25 October.

"We want 9 May to be the end of the state of alarm," said Sánchez. He was confident, he said, that the drop in infections thanks to vaccination will be sufficient to control the pandemic without having to resort to special legislation.