By Deirdre Tynan •
Published: 18 Aug 2021 • 8:48
Prime Minister Pedro being vaccinated earlier this year.
Image: La Moncloa
Spain has missed its August 18 vaccination target as promised by Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez.
On May 10, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez vowed that Spain would reach herd immunity with a target of 70 per cent of the population vaccinated against Covid-19. However, 100 days later, just 63 per cent are vaccinated, a shortfall of at least three million people.
According to data from the Ministry of Health, 29,968,303 Spaniards have already received their first Covid vaccination, that is 62.79 per cent of the population.
Spain’s incident rate stands at 398.94 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.
Sanchez, who is holidaying in Lanzarote, is facing increasing criticism for what some Spanish media outlets are calling a “propaganda campaign” that ultimately failed to deliver on its target despite Sanchez’s dramatically daily countdowns to herd immunity.
Meanwhile, some autonomous regions are still waiting for vaccines to be delivered.
The Delta variant currently accounts for 85 per cent of Covid-19 cases in Spain. Deaths in Spain over the last 14 days are however three times the European Union average, according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.
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Deirdre Tynan is an award-winning journalist who enjoys bringing the best in news reporting to Spain’s largest English-language newspaper, Euro Weekly News. She has previously worked at The Mirror, Ireland on Sunday and for news agencies, media outlets and international organisations in America, Europe and Asia. A huge fan of British politics and newspapers, Deirdre is equally fascinated by the political scene in Madrid and Sevilla. She moved to Spain in 2018 and is based in Jaen.
Anyone surprised? In July last year Sanchez claimed Spain had beaten the virus.
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