The Minister of Health, Salvador Illa, has insisted on Monday that the Government estimates that at the beginning of next year, “or at the end of this if things go very well “, Spain will have a first round of vaccines against COVID-19, although we will have to continue “living” with the virus until May.
In a telematic conference organized by the Barcelona agency Intermedia, the minister has predicted that the The next four weeks in November will be “very difficult”, and has drawn a horizon of about six more months, until May, of “coexistence” with the virus, until the vaccine has been supplied to a bulk of the population.
In this sense, he has pointed out that once the vaccines begin to be administered, it will still take between three and four months to achieve a set of immunized population large enough to allow “entering a different phase.”
Changes from April
According to Illa, in the second quarter of next year “the situation will have changed substantially “, although he has recognized the difficulty in making forecasts and the” instability “generated by the virus and its contagion capacity.
The minister highlighted the European cooperation effort to negotiate and distribute vaccines equitably, as well as the commitment not to administer any if it does not strictly comply with the conditions of safety and efficacy.
“A vaccine will not be administered if it is not safe and effective. It is true that it has gone very quickly but resources have also been mobilized like never before”
“A vaccine if it is not safe and effective. We have a very strict and very precise regulatory framework. It is true that it has gone very quickly but it is also true that resources have been mobilized as never before to achieve a vaccine, “Illa emphasized.
Against the deniers
Over the against the vaccine, the minister has called to have “a firm attitude against deniers and people with anti-scientific attitudes.”
“In this case we are not talking about more or less entertaining discussions about if man reached the moon or if the earth is flat. We are talking about issues that must be believed and that affect people’s lives, “he stressed.
During his speech, the minister recognized the shortage of doctors suffered by the Spanish health system and it has indicated that during the last 10 years the resources have not increased, a situation that, it has indicated, “must be corrected.
Asked about the coordination with the autonomous communities, Illa has pointed out that there is no correlation between political systems and better or worse management of the pandemic, and has defended that the Spanish institutional framework “has worked reasonably well”, although he has acknowledged that there has been “some avoidable episodes”.