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Health experts believe that vaccines and masks are enough to stop the sixth Covid wave in Spain

At the moment, there are no plans for compulsory vaccination, as the president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, called for on Wednesday, or the obligatory wearing of masks outdoors, as ordered in cities by the Italian Government

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For now, no additional coronavirus restrictions and are on the cards for Christmas. The Government believes that vaccination and masks are enough to stop the spike in infections from the sixth wave.

At the Interterritorial Council meeting between the national Ministry of Health and the regions, held on Cordoba on Thursday (2 December) the Basque Country was the region that most strongly expressed the need to decree more measures for the upcoming holidays (the Constitution Day ‘bridge’ holiday and Christmas), but there was a broad consensus between the Ministry of Health and the regions not to toughen the measures.

Intensify awareness messages

"It has been agreed to intensify awareness messages," said the minister Carolina Darias. But there are no plans for compulsory vaccination, as the president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, called for on Wednesday, or the obligatory wearing of masks outdoors, as ordered in the cities by the Italian Government.

"We have a vaccination coverage very different from that of other countries," said the minister, who insisted on the use of masks indoors in Spain because this element "protects against all variants, including Omicron."

Vaccines for children

In addition, Darias announced that the first coronavirus vaccines for children, some 1.3 million doses, will arrive in Spain on 13 December and will be distributed among the regions in proportion to the child population, and that another two million vials will be delivered in January.

The details for the vaccination of youngsters will be finalised on Tuesday next week, when the Public Health Commission, the body in charge of managing the pandemic, meets. The minister also said that the European Medicines Agency (EMA) will analyse and rule on the use of Moderna's vaccine for children this month.