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The Ministry of Health will not distribute more vaccines against Covid-19 from AstraZeneca to the autonomous communities.

The reason that the distribution of this vaccine stops is that the regions have enough doses to complete immunization of the age group between 60 and 69 years.

It should be remembered that the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine was limited to people of these ages due to the cases of thrombosis that had been reported in the younger population.

However, Spain will receive the pending doses until it reaches the 12.2 million vaccines it has purchased. Namely, AstraZeneca will send 1.9 million more doses until the agreed quantity is completed, as confirmed by Invertia.

The doses that the autonomous communities do not use will be donated to the Covax mechanism, just as the Cadena Ser has advanced.

Autonomous communities

From the autonomies they claim not to have proof of the decision of the Ministry of Health although they recognize that the target population that receives these doses is practically immunized.

In statements to EL ESPAÑOL, several regions insist that AstraZeneca has very “few” recipients and, therefore, they are mostly vaccinated.

Regions like Madrid, for example, they will return about 200,000 doses of AstraZeneca to the refrigerators of the Ministry of Health because they hardly have a target population anymore. From the Community that presides Isabel Diaz Ayuso They assure that they do not share the decision of the Ministry.

Madrid, like some other autonomous communities, is against limiting the use of AstraZeneca to people over 60 years of age. They affirm that “now that there are problems with the arrivals of Pfizer” they should be using all the available vaccines. “We are missing a great opportunity,” they criticize.

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Expand to more ages

The request is not something new. Several autonomous communities have been asking the Ministry for power for months administer the Anglo-Swedish company vaccine to people under 60 years of age in order to accelerate the vaccination campaign.

In this same sense, the Minister of Health of Madrid, Enrique Ruiz Escudero, again stated during the meeting of the Interterritorial Council this past Wednesday that “a great opportunity has been lost due to the commitment” of the Ministry to limit the use of AstraZeneca to range from 60 to 69 years.

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