Andalusia faces chronic vaccine shortage next week
La Junta de Andalucia has ruled out for the moment the closure of nightclubs but called on the government to ensure the supply of vaccines. No AstraZeneca vaccine is scheduled for next week and less than half of the expected number of Pfizer vaccines are available.
Nightclubs in Andalucia are expected to remain open as strict nighttime restrictions are imposed elsewhere in Spain. However, less than half of the expected number of vaccines is expected to reach the region next week and the Junta called on Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez to prioritize their procurement.
Elias Bendodo, spokesman for the Junta de Andalucia, said on July 12 that no AstraZeneca vaccine is scheduled for next week and that less than half of the expected number of Pfizer vaccines are available.
“It is very inconvenient now that the light is starting to be seen at the end of the tunnel,” he said.
Dismissing Sanchez’s cabinet reshuffle on Saturday as “aesthetic,” Bendodo said that “the new Sanchez government’s first and only priority before the EU” should be purchasing enough vaccines.
As of July 13, Andalusia had a total of 470,180 doses, 308,880 doses of Pfizer; 80,500 doses of Moderna and 80,800 doses of Janssen.
The neighboring city of Valencia yesterday introduced a series of strict nighttime restrictions and other measures to curb the spread of Covid-19, including curfews in 32 areas.
President Ximo Puig asked for the power to impose curfews last week, but had to wait until July 12 to get legal permission.
The 32 areas affected by the 14-day restrictions: Almassera, Bunol, Puig, Tavernes Blanques, Vilamarxant, Benicasim Alboraya, Benaguasil, Benetússer, Benifaio, Eliana, Meliana, Moncada, Picanya, Picassent, Pucol, Requena, Riba-roja de Turia, Sedavi, Silla, Utiel, San Vicente del Raspeig, Alaquas, Aldaia, Burjassot, Catarroja, Quart de Poblet, Xirivella, Gandia, Mislata, Paterna and Valencia.
Valencia’s Health Minister Ana Barcelo said: “It is necessary to adopt these measures aimed at protecting the health of citizens.
“The epidemiological situation is not what we would like and, therefore, the Valencian government has decided to act forcefully to stop the chain of infections,” she added.
The Generalitat will also limit the number of people who can meet at home to 10, and will stop the sale of alcohol in stores and supermarkets after 8 p.m.
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