Residents and healthcare workers in nursing homes for the elderly, and people with disabilities will be the first to be vaccinated against COVID-19. The vaccine is safe, effective and its administration will be voluntary and free of charge. All the COVID-19 vaccines will have the same levels of safety as any of the other vaccines habitually used to prevent other diseases. All in all, Spain will receive 140 million doses to immunize some 80 million people.
One day the greying blond-and-blue-eyed Director and Spokesperson of the Center for the Coordination of Health Alerts and Emergencies disappeared from the TV screens. He had tested positive for the coronavirus. People didn’t know whether to laugh at the irony of it or to conclude that he’s a smooth-talking tele- evangelist you’d better not pay too much attention to, much less trust.
Spain has finally learned that where the notorious coronavirus is concerned, no country is an island. When northern Italy was hit by the virus, everyone felt it was just a matter of hours – not days – before the virus reared its ugly head here. Spanish Minister of Health Salvador Illa urges calm, common sense and trust in the public health system, Spain’s crown jewel. Fifteen people have tested positive and the number is likely to rise in the looming pandemia. People in Spain are caught between believing and blind panic.