Spain plans to start vaccination program in January: PM Sanchez

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Spain will begin a full coronavirus vaccination program in January and expects to have covered a substantial part of the population within three months, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on Sunday.

He said Spain and Germany were the first countries in the European Union to have a comprehensive vaccination plan in place.

“The campaign will start in January and will feature 13,000 vaccination points,” Sanchez said at a press conference after a two-day online summit of G20 leaders.

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“A very large part of the population can be vaccinated, with all guarantees, in the first quarter of the year.”

Spain will implement a single national strategy, starting with “priority groups,” Sanchez said, adding he would present the plan to cabinet on Tuesday. He also said more medical professionals would be recruited.

“We have a few tough months ahead of us, but the roadmap has been set,” Sanchez said.

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Spain has the second highest number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Western Europe after France, with some 1.5 million cases and 46,619 deaths from COVID-19.

(REUTERS)

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