Spain buys Pfizer’s coronavirus pill


The head of government recalled in an interview with Cadena Ser Radio that a drug called Plaxovid has been shown to reduce the chances of people requiring hospital treatment due to their condition deteriorating by 88 per cent.

Pedro Sánchez also reported that the cabinet is preparing to regulate the retail price of antigen tests that can be performed at home, similar to how a price cap has previously been introduced for masks and hand sanitizers.

According to a European overview published in the 20-minute newspaper, tests are available in pharmacies in Spain for an average of € 5-10, but demand jumped significantly before the Christmas holidays, with shortages in several places.

The Madrid Chamber of Pharmacists has drawn attention to the fact that the tests are being sold online for € 20, which is also illegal because they are only allowed to be distributed to pharmacies.

The prime minister confirmed in the daily newspaper El País that a system similar to the flu surveillance service was planned for the coronavirus. Testing of the network, which will involve designated GPs and hospitals, has already begun.

In Spain, after the winter break, schools resumed on Monday with attendance training. In educational institutions, wearing a mask, keeping a distance of at least one and a half meters, and frequent hand disinfection and ventilation are mandatory both indoors and outdoors.

The Department of Health recommends that a full-time ward and distance education be ordered if at least five are infected. This decision can already be made for three infected students in the province of Madrid. In Catalonia, if a student is infected, all classmates are given a free antigen test.

Vaccination of those aged 5 to 11 years began on December 15, with 34.9 percent of children receiving the first dose of the vaccine. The central government’s goal is to reach 70 percent in this age group by the week beginning Feb. 7. Ninety percent of 12- to 18-year-olds are already protected with two doses.

The number of people infected remains rising, according to a report by the Spanish Ministry of Health on Monday night. The number of registered cases has increased by more than 292,000 compared to the last summary published on Friday. An average of three thousand people have become infected in the last two weeks.

More than 16,000 people need hospital care, which is 13.4 percent of the number of beds available. In the intensive care unit, this rate is 23.58 percent with 2,200 Covid patients. The epidemic has claimed 331 lives in the past week.

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