Moderna had to send 1,900 vaccines to the Canary Islands this week. With that amount, the Ministry of Health was scheduled to begin vaccinating large dependents in homes and private health personnel of the Islands. The pharmacist, however, has not complied and its delay has disrupted the plans of the regional government. The situation in the Archipelago, despite this setback, is not limited.
If Madrid announced yesterday that it will stop vaccinating due to lack of stocks and Catalonia admitted that tomorrow it will run out of reserves, the Canary Islands affirm that it has enough vials to continue with its plan to immunize the population. From Health it is emphasized that the Islands received 15,250 doses of the drug from Pfizer and BioNTech this week – the first approved by the European Union to combat SARS-CoV-2 – and that it has been supplied in the Archipelago for a month – and they trust Moderna ship next Monday the shipment with 1,900 vaccines – including some more – scheduled for this week.
The Canary Islands have begun to put the second doses of the Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine among residents of nursing homes on the Islands and health care providers on islands outside the capital – the group with which the planned plan will continue in the coming days with available reserves.
Since December 27, the day on which the Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine began to be administered in Spain, the community with the highest percentage of vaccines administered over those received is the Canary Islands, with 111.1%, followed by Murcia with the 104.9%; Castilla y León, with 103.9; Galicia, with 102.6; and Aragon, with 102.5%.
Below the national average, which stands at 95.9%, are Melilla (74.8%), La Rioja (78.5%), Ceuta (83.9%), Catalonia (84.2%), Basque Country (85.3%), Navarra (88.5%), Extremadura (88%), and Valencian Community (94.3%).
In addition to the problems exposed by Madrid and Catalonia to give continuity to their vaccination plan, Castilla y León also continues in the administration, but warns that due to the shortage of doses that are arriving, it has altered its program to give priority to the administration of the second doses and to the detriment of health professionals.
In Castilla-La Mancha, they admit that the plan could be slowed down and some first doses are being rethought, if the planned amount does not arrive in the coming days.
In communities such as Murcia, the Balearic Islands, Extremadura, Asturias, Navarra and Cantabria, lots of new doses of the vaccine did arrive this Monday. In the case of Asturias, as 97.1% of those received have been inoculated, the 2,340 new vials of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine guarantee the second dose to those immunized in the second week of the campaign and will allow an increase in the rate of administration to the toilets.
The military trackers assigned in the Canary Islands for four months have collaborated with more than 5,000 cases of people with coronavirus, work that has involved the location of more than 13,000 close contacts and the monitoring of nearly 12,500 traces. In this regard, Defense points out that four months have now passed since the military began tracking work through the Epidemiological Surveillance Unit (UVe), which is made up of soldiers from the three armies and is currently performing “important work” deployed on four islands: Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura and Lanzarote. | EP