COVID-19 | Picaresque and wasted doses of the vaccine in Spain

In Spain, the picaresque and the lack of protocols are tarnishing vaccination against the coronavirus, at a time when the collapse of intensive care units in many hospitals exceeds that of the first wave and the numbers of infections are breaking records, with more than 44,300 cases in the last day.

The “culillo” of the bottle or how to waste thousands of doses of vaccine

The distribution of the vaccine and its administration is progressing. Over 1,100,000 people have received their first puncture, but it is surprising to learn that some regions are wasting thousands of doses of Pfizer-BioNTech. Why? Why Although each vial of the vaccine contains six doses, in communities such as Andalusia, Catalonia or Madrid, only five are being used, wasting what they call the bottom of the bottle. The main reason given, the lack of adequate syringes.

It is not yet known how many doses have been missed this way, but the problem is bloody at a time like this. “In the last seven days, 1,285 deaths have been reported”, explained this Thursday the chief epidemiologist of the Government, Fernando Simón.

Picaresque: politicians, officials, relatives and even priests vaccinated without being a priority

But even more unacceptable are the cases of picaresque. The lack of means of supervision and sanctions has meant that in some places politicians, civil servants, family members of nursing home workers, hospital managers and even priests benefit from excess doses.

An example is that of Health Minister of Murcia, Manuel Villegas, forced to resign after it was discovered that he had been vaccinated despite not belonging to a priority group. Bilbao has dismissed two hospital directors for the same reason. The question now is whether or not they deserve the second dose.

Record of contagions and the ucis of half Spain saturated

All of this occurs at a time when the situation in many Spanish hospitals is becoming desperate. At the Virgen de la Salud hospital in Toledo, representatives of the health personnel have come to the fore to denounce what is happening:

The current situation in the hospital is one of collapse. Collapse not only in conventional hospitalization floors but also in intensive care facilities -explains the anesthetist and union representative Juan José García Cruz-. Some patients, admitted with COVID pathology and pending admission to uvi, They cannot go down to uvi because there are no beds available. Patients who are at the limit of their breathing capacity“.

The average occupancy of Spanish intensive care units is around 36%, but the differences are very important between the regions. In Catalonia and La Rioja, where the situation is most pressing, the occupancy is 60%.