Italy received Saturday a first delivery of AstraZeneca vaccines with nearly 250,000 doses.
A disappointing amount, however, for the Italian Government that expected to receive 28 million doses in the first quarter of the year, about nine million a month. But in January Italy only received two million vaccines.
French health centers received their first vials of AstraZeneca also on Saturday, although not a very large batch of almost 274,000 doses destined for 117 centers.
France reserves these vials for healthcare professionals under 65 years of age, as the country restricts the Oxford vaccine to those people between 50 and 64 years old, despite the fact that the European Medicines Agency has indicated that it could be used for all adults.
“We started the vaccination of AstraZeneca today, as we have received 7,700 doses,” says the director of a hospital in Lyon. “We are the first to start this vaccination after a delivery made last night. It is planned that today one hundred vaccinations will be carried out in this center from 2:00 p.m. until tonight.”
Spain speeds up its vaccination campaign with the already detected Brazilian strain
In Spain, it is expected that the arrival of almost 200,000 doses of this vaccine, which does not entail a logistical challenge like that of the first two to arrive, from Pfizer and Moderna, could give a boost to the first phase of the vaccination campaign that predictably It will last until March. Yes, They will not administer it to people over 55 years old either because its effectiveness has not been sufficiently proven in the elderly.
The new vaccine arrives when the accumulated incidence in this third wave continues to decline, although with the threat of a new variant, the Brazilian, of which a case has already been detected in Madrid, the first in Spain, and the recognition by the Ministry of Health that the British can be more serious and lethal.
Globally, the incidence in Spain this Friday was 750.7 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days, a figure similar to that of mid-January, according to the latest data provided by the Ministry of Health, which does not update them during the weekend.
The Community of Madrid extends one week, until January 15, the curfew at ten o’clock at night as well as the limitation of social interactions at homes and the hospitality industry closes at 9:00 p.m., although from that time they can continue to provide home delivery services until 00:00.