Saturday, December 4

Spain, vaccine champion, escapes from the fourth wave European crown


As another corona wave unleashes, Spain has been spared. The country has the highest vaccination rate of any major European country, but will it hold out when winter comes?

Spain comes out dancing from the pandemic. The country has gone from being the most affected, to being among the countries in Europe with the least contagion.

Spain was one of the hardest hit and hardest hit countries at the start of the pandemic in 2020, but now it has some of the lowest infection rates in Europe.

Only 63 cases have been registered per. 100,000 inhabitants in the last two weeks.

By comparison, this number exceeds 340 in Norway. Therefore, there is a five times higher infection pressure in Norway than in Spain.

Compared with Spain, the infection pressure is twice as high in Italy, six times as high in Germany and Poland, and up to 12 times as high in the United Kingdom, estimates the AFP news agency.

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Around 79 percent of the entire population in Spain is fully vaccinated, compared to 67 percent in the UK and Germany. In Norway, about 70 percent have been fully vaccinated.

“We have many reasons to be proud of what we have achieved,” Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez said Wednesday. The country has a high vaccination rate and now has little corona infection.

The President of the Spanish Government, Pedro Sánchez, points out that the development of the country’s pandemic is positive.

– We have many reasons to be proud of what we have achieved, he said on Wednesday.

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Vaccinated the elderly

France and Italy have a high vaccination rate overall, but Spain has a higher percentage of older and vulnerable people who have received the vaccine. More than 99 percent of those over 70 years of age are fully vaccinated in Spain.

Approximately 79 percent of the entire population of Spain is fully vaccinated. In addition, the country has shipped 7.5 million doses of coronary vaccine to South and Central America.

Mild weather, indoor bandages in public places, and little skepticism about vaccines probably helped, too. And it was a good idea to start vaccinating the elderly, says Iñaki Comas, a researcher at the Department of Biomedicine in Valencia.

Children from the age of 12 have also been offered the vaccine since this summer, so a large part of the population is covered.

But as winter approaches, and it’s been a while since people got the vaccine, other numbers can soon be seen, experts say.

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Still exposed

They warn that colder weather, less protective effect of vaccines over time, as well as the risk of new mutations make them prone to increased infection.

– These three factors are a very good breeding ground for the coronavirus, says Comas. He believes that Spain is now entering a very critical period.

Nightlife operates normally and there are no restrictions on the number of people who can participate in social gatherings. But the mild climate means more people are gathering outdoors.

Cesar Carballo is a doctor in the emergency service of the Ramón y Cajal Hospital in Madrid. He believes that infection rates will begin to rise in the country when it gets colder and people move their social activities indoors.

– We know how the virus is transmitted, and when the cold comes and the nights get dark, we will move home. This is where the virus spreads, Carballo says.

According to calculations by the IHME health institute of the University of Washington, the infection in Spain will increase during the second half of November. They believe it will continue to rise in December before peaking at the end of the year.

No herd immunity

Although Spain has a high vaccination rate, epidemiologists believe that it is unrealistic to obtain herd immunity. The reason is that the effect of current vaccines diminishes over time and therefore will not completely block coronary heart disease.

– Spain is in a good position now, but that does not mean that the country has already reached a point where it cannot go back, says Salvador Macip, an expert in health sciences at the Open University of Catalonia.

– When you get to a point where infection rates are very low, there is only one way to go, that is, up, says Macip, who has written a book on epidemics in recent times.

At the same time, this does not have to lead to a crisis situation for the country, believes Comas. Spain also began vaccinating the elderly and vulnerable groups with a third dose of the vaccine in October.

– The infection rate can be high, but if people have been vaccinated and do not get seriously ill, there is no problem, he says.

Celebrated with dance

In Spain there have been a total of 87,617 deaths per crown.

The country, with a population of 47 million, became the first EU country to register one million cases of infection in October last year, and in the spring of the same year, only Italy had more people infected and dead in Europe.

Extensive crown measures were introduced, including a night curfew. With strict restrictions and increased vaccination, things were much better. After a period of about six months, the restrictions were lifted this spring.

It was celebrated in various places in the country with parties and dance crowds on the beaches. This raised fears of an increase in infection, but the increase has not materialized so far.


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