Spanish PM reveals plan to vaccinate ‘substantial’ part of population by first half of 2021

20-11-20 02:58:00,

Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez told a news conference on Friday that his government will unveil a plan next Tuesday to vaccinate a “substantial” part of Spain’s population in the first six months of 2021.

While Sanchez did not immediately provide specific details, the government has created a special committee to decide the order in which people will be vaccinated when one is approved by regulators. Health Minister Salvador Illa suggested that healthcare workers and older people will be first in line. 

Spain has struck a deal with the European Union to receive an initial batch of 20 million doses of the vaccine, expected to arrive later this year or early next year. The order will allow the government to vaccinate 10 million people, as each person needs two jabs.

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Sanchez’s announcement comes a day after the Spanish Agency for Medicines and Health Products (AEMPS) authorized Phase 3 trials for Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen unit’s COVID-19 vaccine. The two-dose trial will take place in nine hospitals on around 30,000 volunteers, who have and don’t have previous health conditions.

Spain is under a nationwide curfew, after a state of emergency was declared until early May 2021, with public and private gatherings limited to six people and face coverings compulsory on public transport, in public spaces and, in most regions, outdoors.

There are currently 18,961 people in Spain being treated for coronavirus, with 15% of the country’s hospital beds and 32% of its intensive care units occupied.

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Spanish Doctors Stage First Walkout In 25 Years To Protest Government’s New COVID-19 Order

28-10-20 10:56:00,

Doctors across Spain have walked out on Tuesday in what media outlets have called the first medical strike to rock the country in 25 years.

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As the coronavirus pandemic rages across Spain, where the Health Ministry reported another 18,418 new daily cases on Tuesday, doctors are beginning the strike, which was called in defiance of Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez’s latest emergency order, which was implemented on Sunday.

The order requires doctors and nurses to report to any of a range of assignments that could be handed to them by the government during the state of emergency, which could be in place for months.

Doctors complained that the new law violated their rights, and compromised the standard of care for patients, as doctors would end up working in an area they weren’t specialized in.

The strike will continue indefinitely, with doctors set to continue striking on the last Tuesday of every month until a deal has been reached.

For the first time, 200,000 new cases were confirmed in Spain over the previous two weeks, and cases on Tuesday were up 33% compared with the prior week. And over the last 24 hours, another 267 people have died.

“The Health Ministry hasn’t even dignified us with a meeting to try and get us to call off the strike,” he told Spanish health journal iSanidad.

Spain’s hospitals harbor nearly 16,700 active COVID-19 patients – up more than 600 compared to Monday, with one quarter of all the country’s ICU units used to treat those with an infectious disease.

Doctor’s strikes in Spain follow similar demonstrations in India during the early months of the pandemic as physicians dealt with unprecedented harassment from the public.

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Spanish PM offers to deploy 2,000 troops to help regions trace Covid-19 cases

25-08-20 02:31:00,

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has made military personnel available to regional governments as the country ramps up efforts to contain coronavirus amid an uptick in new cases.

Sanchez announced on Tuesday that 2,000 troops will be ready to help with track and tracing efforts, and encouraged regions to declare their own local state of emergency if they felt the situation warranted it. 

The prime minister expressed concern about a surge in new coronavirus cases and argued that action needs to be taken to avoid the situation getting worse. Spain has ramped up testing and tracing as part of an effort to contain the virus. 

“We cannot allow the pandemic to take control of our lives again… we must take control, break this second curve,” he said. He encouraged Spaniards to download a digital national tracing app, RadarCovid. 

Spain has recorded more than 400,000 Covid-19 cases, resulting in 28,827 deaths, according to a tally kept by Johns Hopkins University. Earlier this month, the country mobilized a military emergency brigade to set up a field hospital in the northeastern city of Zaragoz, amid concern that the health system could face a strain. Although cases have gone up in August, daily deaths have remained low. The nation imposed one of the strictest lockdowns on the European continent, with local restrictions remaining in some areas. 

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Spanish conservatives back government’s ‘new normalcy’ bill

25-06-20 05:49:00,

Spain’s main conservative opposition party has lent support in parliament to the minority government’s decree outlining “new normal” safety measures. The lower house approved the decree by 265 votes to 77 votes, with five abstentions, and 88 votes cast by the opposition People’s Party (PP), Reuters reported.

The government of socialist PM Pedro Sanchez had struggled over the past two months to gain approval for various extensions to the state of emergency and the phasing-out of the coronavirus lockdown, with the PP either abstaining or voting against his proposals since April.

“Our party will support a decree to get out of this brutal crisis of the coronavirus and to prevent any new outbreaks, and to take economic and social measures,” PP leader Pablo Casado said on Thursday before the vote.

Among other measures, the ‘new normalcy’ decree makes the wearing of masks compulsory in spaces where a safe 1.5-meter distance between people cannot be observed.

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Spanish firm spying on Assange stole his son’s dirty diaper and BLACKMAILED Ecuadorian diplomat with NUDE PHOTOS – court papers

21-04-20 08:16:00,

Spanish security firm UC Global secretly obtained Julian Assange’s son’s dirty diapers and used “intimate photos” to blackmail a diplomat into continuing its surveillance contract on the Ecuadorian embassy, court documents show.

The bombshell revelations emerged on Tuesday in court documents from an ongoing criminal case against UC Global’s owner, David Morales, in the Spanish courts. Morales is accused of privacy violation, bribery, and money laundering. While his company was hired to provide security for the Ecuadorian embassy in London, he allegedly spied on Assange’s guests and the Ecuadorian staff on behalf of the US as well, traveling to the US with recordings from the embassy on a monthly basis.

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UC Global specifically targeted the WikiLeaks’ publisher’s family, according to the documents. An email Morales allegedly sent to his staff calls for “special attention on Stella Morris”, Assange’s fiancée, and refers to “a person fully dedicated” to trailing her mother, who was found to be living in Catalonia. “All this has to be considered top secret, so the dissemination will be limited,” the email continues. Former UC Global employees also turned over to the court hours of video of Assange’s young son Gabriel.

Morales was allegedly so obsessed with proving the child was Assange’s that he ordered a former employee to steal a used diaper in order to conduct a DNA test. That employee testified in court that he instead warned Morris about the plan, urging her to stop taking the boy to the embassy “because they planned to steal his diapers to prove that he was the son of Julian Assange.” Another ex-employee told El Pais earlier this week that Morales came up with a plan to steal the baby’s pacifier instead, after a laboratory told him DNA from a dirty diaper couldn’t be used for a paternity test.

When Morales suspected the Ecuadorian embassy wanted to end UC Global’s contract, he allegedly took the extraordinary measure of stealing “extremely private photos” of a female diplomat from her personal hard drive to use as blackmail against SENAIN,

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