The Ministry of Health, as if it were a biblical curse, insists on making the same mistakes over and over again. An example of this is the news reported by EL ESPAÑOL today: the incidence of Covid-19 is skyrocketing in Spain and vaccination slows down while 1.4 million doses of AstraZeneca wait in the fridge.
The irresponsible campaign against the vaccine of the University of Oxford launched months ago not only by the Spanish Government, but also by the European authorities, is now beginning to take its toll on us.
The paradox is that while communities such as Madrid are beginning to run out of Moderna, Janssen and Pfizer vaccines, the Government has forced the return of AstraZeneca vaccines, up to 200,000 units, due to the prohibition that it be administered to children under 60 years of age. .
As the Minister of Health of the Community of Madrid recalled, Enrique Ruiz Escudero placeholder imageThis limitation is political and not sanitary, since the technical file of the vaccine does not impose a maximum or minimum age limit and the European Medicines Agency (EMA) itself recommends it for any age.
In other words. At a time of tension due to the advance of the epidemic and a shortage of vaccines, the vaccination of citizens is arbitrarily stopped due to statistically derisory risks. As we have repeated in previous editorials, the risk of suffering a thrombus after being vaccinated with AstraZeneca it is infinitely lower than that of falling ill with Covid and suffering serious consequences after the disease.
The figures are not good. The cumulative incidence at 14 days this Friday was 37 points higher than the previous day up to 537.34 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. The advance of Covid, especially among unvaccinated young people, has been favored by the high contagion of the Indian strain of the virus and has brought the total number of infections since the beginning of the epidemic to 4,100,222 cases and 81,096 official dead.
In Catalonia, the community most affected by the epidemic at the moment with a cumulative incidence of 1,160.42, the authorities have received judicial endorsement to apply confinement measures in 161 municipalities.
In Valencia, with a much lower cumulative incidence (432.44), the Autonomous Government of Ximo Puig has closed 32 locations.
In Cantabria (566.64), the regional Executive intends to close 56 municipalities.
In Extremadura and the Canary Islands, however, their respective Superior Courts of Justice have prohibited the adoption of similar measures.
Vaccinate, vaccinate and vaccinate
It is true that some indicators seem to indicate that the fourth wave could be close to its peak or even have passed it already. These are data such as that the incidence among young people aged 20 to 29 has decreased in just 24 hours from 1581.39 on Thursday to 996.48 on Friday. A decrease similar to that of the incidence in young people between 12 and 19 years old, which has gone from 1,311.73 to 837.69 in the same period of time.
The fact that the fourth wave reached Spain in the summer will be an advantage for the Spanish in the long term, since other countries that are having a calmer summer will end up suffering it in autumn or winter.
Whether the virus has arrived or not to stay with us (and everything seems to indicate that it will be with us for a long time), it is still there and the priority of the administrations should be to vaccinate as quickly as possible the maximum possible number of citizens.
Act as if we enjoy an unlimited supply of vaccines and a panoply of options at our fingertips, ruling out specific vaccines due to negligible risks, it is still as irresponsible as it was at the beginning of the vaccination campaign.
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