Vaccines in Spain.

24-11-2020PHIL NOBLE

Spain is unlikely to make vaccination against the coronavirus compulsory, at least initially, health ministry sources said.

Under Spanish law, vaccination is voluntary, although in some cases, such as an epidemic, the government could make it compulsory.

"There are instruments to make it so. But it is not the plan at the moment," one source said, while another said all vaccination was likely to remain optional.

Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on Sunday that Spain would begin a coronavirus vaccination programme in January, covering a substantial part of the population within six months.

The sources said, however, there was still not enough information about the Phase 3 trials of the most promising vaccines to say which Spain would buy, how it would transport and store them or who would be vaccinated first.

They said that when all the data is available and vaccines authorised for use in the European Union, Spain can quickly vaccinate much of its population thanks to its "vast vaccination experience" via a network of public healthcare centres.

AstraZeneca said on Monday its vaccine could be as much as 90% effective. It is cheaper to make, easier to distribute and faster to scale-up than rivals from Pfizer Inc or Moderna.

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James / Hace 11 months

Lets wait and see, alot of speculation, i personal don't see the need to have it unless you are over 60. If they start pushing things like immunity passports then i would start to think there is something more sinister going on in the world. And worry for humanity.

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Dave / Hace 11 months

Fine, but if someone refuses the vaccine and has to go to hospital with Covid, then they should be forced to pay for the healthcare cost out of their own pocket. Simple choice.

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Lawrie / Hace 11 months

This of course is all nonsense. Without their precious vaccine you will not be able to do anything. They will issue a 'Covid pass' so no travel or shopping without it for starters. They will say you pose a threat to the general public because the 'jab' is, surprise surprise, only 90 percent effective. You wait.

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