Spain has joined the program to deliver vaccines to poor countries despite the enormous lack of doses in its own national health system and the existing problems of supply.
The Spanish contribution has not yet been specified because the agreement itself recognises “the difficulties in precisely determining the types of vaccine, their availability and the deficit that many countries have themselves.”
For this reason, Spain’s commitment states that the “plan must be updated in real time, as the information in these key variables develops.” But, what is clear is that the Government will give vaccines and money to buy doses to a large group of countries.
The commitment is the so-called ‘Universal Access Plan. Sharing vaccines against Covid-19. Solidarity vaccination’. The agreement was formalized on January 18.
Despite the lack of vaccines in Spain, it is justified as follows: “The pandemic due to the coronavirus disease 2019, which has infected more than 90 million people, and already cost more than 2 million lives, represents the greatest challenge that the international community has faced since World War II, and requires a concerted response on a global scale, which includes elements of solidarity, bearing in mind that we are facing a global public health problem.
According to the document, “we are, finally, at the beginning of the end of the pandemic as far as health is concerned.” “As the Strategy foresaw, the crisis can only be considered to be at an end when the chain of transmission is broken as a result of a sufficient percentage of the world population having been immunised,” it says.
Although the figures for Spain are not specified it is understood that the objective initially set by the European Union would be to channel 5% of vaccines to humanitarian needs to, initially, vaccinate health workers in low-income countries (16 million people).
The news comes after Spain confirmed the delivery of 30,000 vaccines to Andorra, a country where there are almost 14,000 possible voters that are able to take part in the Catalan elections on February 14.