Spain to vaccinate 70-79 yr olds with J&J COVID-19 shot

Spain to take first supply of 300,000 doses of single shot Johnson&Johnson vaccine on Wednesday, well being minister says.

Spain will initially prioritise individuals between the ages of 70 and 79 for inoculation with Johnson & Johnson’s coronavirus vaccine, which ought to begin arriving this week, the well being minister has stated.

Spain will take a primary supply of 300,000 doses of the single-shot vaccine on Wednesday morning, Well being Minister Carolina Darias informed reporters on Monday at Gran Canaria airport after a go to to the Spanish Canary Islands.

Johnson & Johnson started delivering its vaccine to EU nations on Monday after some delays as a consequence of manufacturing points, European Union officers and the corporate stated.

Boosting immunity amongst susceptible populations is changing into an ever-more urgent challenge as a brand new wave of contagion accelerates.

Spain’s an infection charge as measured over the previous 14 days rose to 199 circumstances per 100,000 individuals on Monday, up from 127.8, or a 56 p.c improve, from mid-March, however nicely beneath January’s peak of 900.

“The truth that we have now extra immunity means the speed of ascent [of new infections] shouldn’t be as quick as in earlier events,” Well being Emergency Chief Fernando Simon informed a information convention.

Authorities reported 22,744 new infections since Friday, bringing Spain’s pandemic whole as much as 3.37 million circumstances. The COVID-19 dying toll rose by 197 to 76,525.

Within the Madrid area, which has persistently opted for looser measures to include the virus than the remainder of Spain and saved bars and eating places open since final summer season, the speed reached 336 circumstances per 100,000 inhabitants.

Following a sluggish begin to its vaccination marketing campaign, Spain is betting on a surge of deliveries within the second quarter to fulfill its goal of inoculating half the inhabitants by July.

To date, round 6.6 p.c of the inhabitants has been totally vaccinated.

Between April and September, the federal government expects 87 million vaccine doses, whereas deliveries within the second quarter are anticipated to be 3.5 occasions what the nation obtained in January by way of March.

With most nursing residence residents and front-line medical workers totally vaccinated, and 90 p.c of individuals over 80 years outdated having obtained a primary shot, the 70-79 age group is the following precedence.

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