Spain eyes ‘substantial’ vaccination in first half 2021, contagion slows – Metro US

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Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York CityMADRID (Reuters) – A substantial part of the Spanish population will be vaccinated against COVID-19 in the first half of 2021, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on Friday, highlighting also a steadily slowing pace of contagion after restrictions imposed in recent weeks.
The government has set aside over 1 billion euros for coronavirus vaccines next year and created a committee to establish who comes first.
Sanchez told a news conference the government would unveil a vaccination plan on Tuesday, without elaborating.
Promising data from Phase III trials of potential vaccines by Pfizer and BioNTech , Moderna and others has recently boosted hopes that vaccines against the pandemic disease may be ready for use soon.
Officials have said Spain hoped to get the first 20 million vaccine doses from Pfizer in early 2021. There is also a plan to buy 31.6 million doses of the vaccine being developed by Britain’s AstraZeneca between December and June, if it is ready.
The vaccination would be free, according to Health Minister Salvador Illa.
Spain’s death toll from the coronavirus rose by 328 to 42,619 on Friday, while cumulative cases rose by more than 15,000 to 1,556,730.

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