Spain plans to launch the vaccination program in January: PM Sanchez

Spain will launch a comprehensive coronavirus vaccination program in January and expects to cover a significant portion of the population within three months, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on Sunday.

He said that Spain and Germany were the first EU countries to have a complete vaccination plan in place.

“The campaign will start in January and have 13,000 vaccination points,” Sanchez told a news conference after a two-day online summit with G20 leaders.

“A very large part of the population will be able to be vaccinated, with all guarantees, during the first quarter of the year.”

Spain will implement a single national strategy starting with “priority groups”, Sanchez said, adding that he would present the plan to the government on Tuesday. He also said that more health care staff would be recruited.

“We have tough months ahead of us, but the roadmap has been drawn up,” Sanchez said.

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

(REUTERS)