By Ron Howells • 08 August 2021 • 23:02
Spanish Central and regional authorities hopeful despite their differences. image: Mocloa Palace Media
Spain is now ‘very close’ to the goal of 70% of the population being immunised.
The President of the Government of Spain, Pedro Sánchez, gave a press briefing at Moncloa Palace back in April to report on the development of the vaccination plan in Spain over the coming months, stressing the importance of the vaccination process in defeating the virus once and for all and in recovering normality according to a report from Moncloa Palace.
“This is the largest global vaccination campaign ever. And the same can be said of our country: we are at the start of the largest vaccination campaign in Spain’s history, which is being undertaken with an unprecedented effort,” stressed Sánchez.
In his speech, Pedro Sánchez called to join forces in the vaccination process and claimed that “the speed and efficacy of vaccinations is the main concern of the Government of Spain at this time”. “Let me spell this out clearly: we must take a step forward. The time has come to vaccinate and eep vaccinating”, because “mass vaccination will be the quickest way to reactivate our country and our economy. This time has come to tirelessly vaccinate”.
With almost 60% of the population having now received the complete regime, Spain is awaiting the arrival tonight, Sunday. August 8, of 1.1 of the 3.4 million additional vaccines that were ordered and planned for use in August.
This will allow the completion of the immunisation goal before the end per month of 70% of the population, the figure initially thought necessary for herd immunity, which is now being revised upwards.
Spain had completed the vaccination schedule for 28,255,949 people by Friday, August 6, which is 59.5% of the population, and seven communities have already exceeded the 70% milestone, they are Asturias (74.7%), Extremadura (73.5%) , Galicia (72.4%), Basque Country (71%), Aragon (70.7%), Castilla y León (70.4%) and Navarra (70.3%).
In addition, in the country as a whole, the number of people who have received at least one dose amounts to 33,141,450, which represents 69.8% of the total population.
The additional doses will help accelerate the vaccination of the youngest population groups, which continue to register the highest rates of infections.
The data from August 6 raised the incidence in the 12 to 19 age group to 1,315, while in the 20 to 29 age group it was 1,332, which is more than double the national average.
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Ron actually started his working career as an Ophthalmic Technician- things changed when, during a band rehearsal, his amplifier blew up and he couldn’t get it fixed so he took a course at Birmingham University and ended up doing a degree course. He built up a chain of electronics stores and sold them as a franchise over 35 years ago. After five years touring the world Ron decided to move to Spain with his wife and son, a place they had visited over the years, and only bought the villa they live in because it has a guitar-shaped swimming pool!.
Playing the guitar since the age of 7, he can often be seen, (and heard!) at beach bars and clubs along the length of the coast. He has always been interested in the news and constantly thrives to present his articles in an interesting and engaging way.
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