Spain nearing 5 million fully vaccinated people

Photo: EPA A patient receives the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine in a hospital in Barcelona.

Spain’s health minister said Monday that authorities expect to reach within 24 hours the milestone of 5 million people fully inoculated against COVID-19.

Health Minister Carolina Darias told reporters that Spain is on track for its goal of vaccinating before the summer 70% of the adult population, or around 33 million people. Vaccination centers are working seven days a week, Darias, said, and by the first week of June some 10 million people will be fully inoculated.

Darias urged continuing caution. She said Spain’s COVID-19 incidence rate per 100,000 people over 14 days - an important measure of the pandemic’s spread - is 229 but varies widely between regions, with some lower than 70 and others in the range of 400-500.

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