By Alex Glenn • 29 August 2021 • 16:23
Spain set to have 70% of the population vaccinated in the coming week Credit: Pixabay
Spain set to have 70% of the population vaccinated in the coming week. The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has hit Spain hard but it looks like Spain this week will hit the target set out by Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez.
The milestone set out for Spain was that 70 per cent of the population will be fully vaccinated against the coronavirus pandemic “in the summer” or by the “end of August”, according to the Spanish Prime Minister.
Sanchez has always had this is an objective, which is in line with the EU. It is thought that having 70 per cent of the population fully vaccinated would be sufficiently high enough to help prevent the spread of the virus.
Sanchez has spoken of this objective for Spain on multiple occasions, the first of which was in January at the PSOE Federal Committee which was held in Barcelona. At this point in time the vaccination programme in Spain had already begun.
Sanchez commented that: “if everything goes according to plan, and I am convinced that it will, and we will even exceed it, 70% of the population will be vaccinated by the summer”.
In April, Sanchez again commented that 70 per cent of the Spanish population would be fully vaccinated by the end of August.
According to 20 minutes, “This target, which should have been reached on 18 August, was not achieved, as the figure stood at 63.8 per cent on that day.”
This week though it looks like Spain could hit the 70 per cent figure which means that the government will manage to hit the target “in the summer” or “at the end of August”.
In other Spanish vaccine news, Spain and Europe pull ahead of Britain in the great coronavirus vaccination race. With the world now heading into the second winter of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Europe and Spain are racing ahead of the UK in the vaccination race.
The UK had a head start in the vaccination race but since Europe joined in they have been working at a staggering pace. France have now nudged slightly ahead of the UK on single jabs but many areas of Europe such as Spain, Denmark, Finland and Portugal have a greater percentage of their citizens who are now fully vaccinated against the coronavirus.
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Originally from the UK, Alex is based in Almeria and is a web reporter for The Euro Weekly News covering international and Spanish national news.
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