Spain could begin vaccinating against the coronavirus with the Moderna formula, mRNA-1273, as early as next week.
Spain’s Minister of Health, Salvador Illa, has announced that the multinational has told the national government that, after Brussels and the European Medicines Agency gave their approval to its vaccine on Wednesday, it will send the first doses of its formula in seven to 10 days.
Illa revealed that Moderna has guaranteed that it will deliver 600,000 doses to Spain in the next six weeks but stressed that the arrival of the Moderna doses will in no way "alter the order" of vaccination or the "priority groups" already established.
The European Commission has purchased a total of 160 million vials of the mRNA-1273 vaccine, divided into two batches.
Spain has been assigned around a tenth of these, awarded by size of its population, a total of 16 million of the double-dose vaccines, that will immunise around eight million people.
Antibodies could last two years
According to Moderna’s CEO Stephane Bancel, the company could produce and deliver up to one billion doses this year and said that the antibodies in their formula could "potentially" last two years.
By May or June Spain will have vaccinated between 15 and 20 million and by the end of summer 70 per cent of the country's population should be vaccinated claims minister Illa.
He also ruled out delaying the inoculation of the second dose, as proposed by several European countries, to increase the number of people vaccinated, even if it is with a lower degree of immunity.
"We are going to follow the recommendations of the manufacturers themselves and the technical sheets of the European Medicines Agency, " he said.