MADRID (AP) – Spain’s health minister says the country will resume use of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine on Wednesday, spreading it to adults under the age of 65.
Spanish Health Minister Carolina Darias said on Monday that the authorities would discuss the issue after giving it to the elderly after analyzing a US study that AstraZeneca said provided a strong protection for all adults.
Revealing the results of a long-awaited study, the British-Swedish pharmacist said that his vaccine was generally 79% effective in preventing the symptoms of COVID-19, including in the elderly, that none of the more than 30,000 volunteers in the United States were hospitalized or developed severe COVID-19.
Speaking to reporters at a weekly briefing, Daryas said Spanish officials needed more time to analyze all the information they received before expanding the use of the vaccine, which doctors in several regions have been demanding for weeks.
Like several other European countries, Spain stopped the AstraZeneca vaccine last week. The EU drug regulator later announced the safety of the vaccine չունի obviously not related to the dozens of rare blood tissue cases.
Spain’s central and regional health officials have paved the way for a resumption of shooting of the AstraZeneca vaccine, as confirmed by the vaccine for people aged 18-65.
“Vaccines are safe, effective and save lives,” said Daryas.
Referring to the lack of studies on its performance in the elderly, Spain has previously restricted its use in adults under 55 years of age.
The Minister of Health also warned that the latest epidemic data suggest that another sharp increase in infections may be in the corner. Authorities are trying to evacuate hospital intensive care units that treat COVID-19 patients.
Official figures released on Monday showed that 16,471 newly confirmed cases of the 633 virus had died since the last update of the Ministry of Health on Thursday, bringing the total number of epidemics from 3.2 million to more than 73,000 deaths.
Although the frequency of the new 14-day infection, the key variable, was at the same level of 128 cases per 100,000 population as last week, Daryas said other data showed growth was imminent.
“The virus can not be overcome, it is within our power to avoid a return, therefore, the fourth wave,” said Daryas.
Spain has promised to vaccinate 70% of its adult population, or 33 million people, by the end of the summer. So far, 2.1 million people have been fully vaccinated. More than 5.5 million, including the dominant 80, are waiting for their second blow.
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