Spain is on track for herd immunity – Pedro Sánchez
Update from earlier post: “We are on track for herd immunity: 33 million compatriots will be vaccinated by mid-August”, Spain’s prime minister, Pedro Sánchez, said, using the term for when most of a population is immune to an infectious disease.
A growing number of people aged over 60 are now getting their second shot, with more than 40% already fully inoculated, and vaccination has also started for those over 50, Reuters reports.
At least three regions – Comunidad Valenciana, Castille and Leon, and Catalonia – have said they would start vaccinating people aged 40 to 50 by mid-June.
Spain has reported 79,208 deaths from Covid-19 and more than 3.5m cases since the beginning of the pandemic.
The number of cases per 100,000 people over 14 days, however, has fallen to 174, from 523 in mid-January.
If the trend upholds, masks could stop being mandatory outdoors by July or August, the leader of the north-western region of Galicia, Alberto Núñez Feijóo, has said.