The duration and convenience of the state of alarm , the purchase and arrival of medical supplies, masks, PCRs, tests and their application and also the distribution of vaccines. The PP has questioned everything and now maintains that the criteria for distributing vaccines against covid-19 are not being “equitable.”
The accusation is introduced as a suspicion against the central government from the maximum leader, Pablo Casado, to the former Minister of Health Ana Pastor and, of course, the Madrid president, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, the permanent battering ram against the Executive throughout the pandemic.
The Ministry of Health It barely defends itself against this accusation and recalls that the rules have been agreed within the European Union and reaffirms that the distribution will be impartial and that it will reach all territories equally according to the groups that have priority according to what is agreed with the autonomies the last Interterritorial Health Council.
The model used to set the quotas for vaccines that the autonomous communities will receive starting this Monday was determined between the Ministry and the autonomous communities on December 23 at the last Interterritorial Council.
The Minister of Health, Salvador Illa, clarified there that in the next 12 weeks Spain will receive 4,591,275 doses of the Pfizer vaccine with which 2,295,638 people will be immunized and thus the first stage of the National Strategy for vaccination.
At that meeting he reported that the process will be developed in three stages on four prioritized groups: residents and health and social health personnel in residences for the elderly and disabled; front-line health personnel; other health and social health personnel and large non-institutionalized dependents.
The vaccination that began this Sunday in a public residence in GuadalajarAy, which then continued throughout Spain, was carried out with these criteria on a total of 9,750 doses. This Monday the first important apportionment really begins.
Population has not been the first index to take into account, but it is very relevant to the point that in the end, with slight corrections, the global data coincide in order of preference with the most populated communities.
Andalusia thus received 1,845 doses (18.9%) this Sunday and its population accounts for 17.9% of the total.
That autonomous community has been one of the ones that has most demanded that the population prevail over other reasons in the awards of covid-19 vaccines, to the point that this weekend the regional health councilor has argued about it, Jesús Aguirre, the general secretary of the Andalusian PP, Loles López, and the leader of the PSOE-A, Susana Díaz.
The socialist leader has asked the president of the Board, the popular Juan Manuel Moreno, to “pitch his shoulder” and “sensitize” in favor of vaccines instead of making a “fool of himself” seeking a confrontation “when” in the end it is evident that vaccination will be the same throughout Spain ”.
A similar controversy was carried out in Madrid by its president, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, when she took advantage of the possible entry of new strains of the virus in the region to accuse President Sánchez of being “irresponsible” for not doing enough PCR in Barajas and by hinting that he might not be allocating vaccines “equitably”.
That accusation was the mantra that Casado himself seized on this Sunday when he denounced on his Twitter: “The EU coordinates its acquisition, the CC AA administers it and the Government must guarantee its equitable distribution without propaganda to claim a success that its disastrous management does not deserve ”.
The former Minister of Health Ana Pastor insisted on that message from Pontevedra by demanding that the Government apply it “fast and equitable” and also with less “XXL labels” and “propaganda” from the Executive in their boxes.
The Ministry recalled that the distribution method has been agreed at a European level and that although age and health personnel prevail, with nuances such as the incorporation of people with large dependencies, in the end it is very close to what a distribution by population.
The region that will receive the most from this start is Andalusia, then Catalonia (16.4% doses over 16.3% of inhabitants); Madrid (13.2% over 14.2%); and then the Valencian Community (7.9% over 10.6%). The least will be the autonomous cities of Ceuta and Melilla, La Rioja, Cantabria and the Balearic Islands.
Castilla y León (7.1% over 5.1%) and Castilla-La Mancha (4.6% over 4.3%), with older populations and with a higher percentage of elderly people in residences, will receive a higher percentage of doses on the total that your population percentage over the total.
In Castilla-La Mancha, for example, they have more residences for the elderly open than in Madrid and have four times fewer inhabitants. Something similar happens in Galicia, with 750,000 people over 65 (25% of the total, when the national average is 20%).
Neither the Galician president, Alberto Núñez Feijóo, nor that of Castilla y León, Alfonso Fernández Mañueco, both from the PP, defend the population’s cousin like his party partner, the Andalusian president.