The Ministry of Health has notified 22,013 new cases of coronavirus this Monday during the weekend and 334 deaths. Since the beginning of the pandemic, 1,819,249 people have been infected in Spain, 2,156 of them diagnosed in the last 24 hours. As of today, the incidence is 224.88 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days, while on Friday it was 214.12.
The European Medicines Agency approves Pfizer’s vaccine
This Monday all eyes are on the new strain detected in the United Kingdom, a variant that, according to Salvador Illa, has not yet been registered in Spain. In the early afternoon, the Government reported that limit flights from the UK from this Tuesday. Only Spanish citizens or residents may travel by plane to Spain from that country. The decision was made in a concerted manner with Portugal, but not with the rest of Europe, which was what Pedro Sánchez’s Executive wanted.
Throughout Sunday, several EU countries announced the suspension of flights with Great Britain, including the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Austria, Luxembourg, Ireland, Latvia and France, while the Spanish Executive limited itself to reinforcing entry controls – it is mandatory to travel to Spain with a negative test carried out 72 hours before – pending a coordinated response from the whole of the EU.
Also today the European Medicines Agency has given the green light to the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech after completing its evaluation of the safety and efficacy data, which it considers “robust enough”. “Today’s positive news is an important step forward in our fight against this pandemic, which has caused suffering and hardship for so many,” said EMA Director Emer Cooke.