The President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, announced this Friday, just before the start of the Conference of Presidents, that the Minister of Health, Carolina Darias, signed yesterday the purchase of 3.4 million more vaccines, which will allow to comply with the target of 70% of the Spanish population vaccinated during the month of August.
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The importance of this new acquisition is that, with the vaccination rate registered until this Thursday, it would still take 32 days to achieve the goal of 70% of immunized Spaniards set by the Executive, a goal that can be anticipated as announced this Friday by the President of the Government.
During a brief appearance before the meeting with the regional presidents, in Salamanca, Sánchez wanted to thank the president of Castilla y León, the popular, Alfonso Fernández Mañueco who proposed last year to reissue last year’s event in San Millán de la Cogolla (La Rioja) in Castilian and Leonese territory.
The Chief Executive recalled that when that appointment of the aforementioned Riojan municipality took place, “there was still no vaccine”, the situation was de-escalated, unemployment had increased by 55,000 people, the records counted one million fewer employed persons and the GDP was In free fall. He also recalled that at that meeting he presented the first agreement of the European funds, although then “it was just a project, without a vehicle and without plans to exploit them.”
“If we think about what happened then, I think we have clearly made progress for the better. Today there is a vaccine and 56% of the population is protected with the complete guideline,” Sánchez celebrated. In addition, in economic terms, the President of the Government has said that GDP is on the rise, employment is recovering according to data from the Labor Force Survey and there are more members of Social Security.
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“If we look at this part for twelve months, we have advanced. Before there was recession and now recovery, before job destruction and now job creation,” Sánchez has settled.
In that brief appearance in the cloister of the San Esteban convent in the Charro capital, Sánchez has once again demanded from all the communities a joint action in the final stretch of the pandemic, especially before the intention of the leader of the opposition, the president of the PP, Pablo Casado, to boycott the Conference of Presidents this Friday with the help of his closest barons, such as the president of the Community of Madrid, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, or that of the Region of Murcia, Fernando López Miras.
“Together we have suffered and together we have to leave,” Sánchez stressed in his speech prior to the meeting, along with Fernández Mañueco, the regional leader of the PP who has shown the best relationship with the Executive, and the only one who has not criticized the management of the appointment by Moncloa.