Spain Infection Rate Stalls As Government Accelerates One Dose Janssen

The latest government figures released yesterday, Wednesday 28th April, show that the 14 day cumulative infection rate, appears to have stalled at 230 per 100,000 inhabitants.

The figures for Madrid also appear to have stabilised, albeit remaining one of the highest rates of the country´s 17 autonomous communities, with an infection rate of 398 per 100,000 inhabitants.

Health experts say the stalling rate is due to the ongoing mobility restrictions including curfews and limitations on social gatherings as well as the increasing number of people who have been vaccinated.

As of yesterday, Spain has received a total of 17,465,205 doses of Covid-19 vaccines ( the majority from Pfizer-BioNTech with 11,949,405 doses, followed by 3,815,000 from AstraZeneca, 1,553,900 from Moderna and 146,400 from Janssen).

Of those received, 15,377,862 have been administered, bringing the total of 4,166,758 people who have been fully vaccinated representing 8.8% of the population.

The Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, announced that the good progress made so far in the vaccination programme mean that two-thirds of the over-60s have now received at least one dose of the vaccine.

This age group being the most vulnerable and impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, accounting for 95% of fatalities.

This week, Spain will receive another 4 million vaccine doses (1.76 million from Pfizer, 400,000 from Moderna, 1.68 million from AstraZeneca and 126,000 from Janssen) as the programme accelerates to meet the 70% vaccination target by the end of the summer.

In a visit this week with the Health Minister, Carolina Darias, to the Janssen Basic Research Centre in Toledo, the Prime Minister announced that Johnson & Johnson would supply 17.5 million of the one dose Janssen vaccine.

The figure represents a sizeable part of the 93.5 million vaccine doses contracted by Spain under the European Union´s joint procurement especially so, as a one dose vaccine, will allow greater scope to meet the 70% summer immunisation target.

To date Spain has recorded 3,504,799 Covid-19 cases of which 77,943 have been fatal.



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