Publication: Thursday April 22, 2021 12:59 AM
The President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, has announced that Spain will donate to Latin American and Caribbean countries between 5 and 10% of the vaccines against the coronavirus acquired for this year. This will happen once 50% of the vaccination of the Spanish population is reached.
This was revealed in his speech during the plenary session of the XXVII Ibero-American Summit held in Andorra, specifying that in total there will be “at least 7.5 million doses” of the total that Spain will receive this year. . In this way, Sánchez underlined his commitment in Latin America and to guarantee that access to vaccines is “equitable and universal”, to justify the government’s decision.
He also made it clear that this announcement in no way compromises the vaccination plan and in no way affects the government’s commitment to reach the target of 70% of the Spanish population vaccinated by the end of the month. ‘August.
Thus, according to the schedule announced by Sánchez himself in early April, the 50% target would be reached during the month of July, since 25 million citizens will be vaccinated by the middle of this month. Therefore, the delivery to these countries would be made “before” August and will be distributed through the COVAX mechanism, of which Spain is a part along with other countries, with the support of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) “according to the needs of each country” estimated by this body, indicated.
Government prepares patent proposal for vaccines
During his press conference, the President of the Government made another announcement: The government is preparing a proposal for the public debate on the patents for COVID-19 vaccines, insisting that these cannot be “a brake ”in the fight against the pandemic.
Sánchez insisted that intellectual property rights “cannot be a brake, they must be one of the solutions to guarantee the vaccination of the world population as soon as possible”. For this reason, he declared, Spain wants “to lead within the EU and the WTO a debate on patents and on equitable and universal accessibility to the vaccine”.
Meanwhile, the government “is already working on a proposal that we will present to EU members and within the WTO”.