Spain to offer fourth dose to vulnerable
Spain is making available a fourth Covid-19 vaccine dose to vulnerable citizens, including those with cancer, who have had a transplant or are receiving dialysis, the health ministry said on Thursday.
The ministry said the dose would be given five months after a third dose.
For the population as a whole, a third dose will from now on be available for those aged 18 and above rather than the previous age floor of 40, and from five months after the second dose rather than six as previously.
Spain has already jabbed 90.5% of the population aged 12 and above to date.
Hello it’s Samantha Lock with you on the blog today as we unpack all the latest Covid developments from across the world.
I’ll be reporting to you from Sydney and my colleagues from London will take over a little later in the day.
Let’s jump in with the news that poorer nations last month rejected more than 100m doses of Covid-19 vaccines distributed by the global programme COVAX, mainly due to their rapid expiry date, a UNICEF official has said.
“More than a 100 million have been rejected just in December alone,” Etleva Kadilli, director of the agency’s supply division told lawmakers at the European Parliament, Reuters reports.
The main reason for rejection was the delivery of doses with a short shelf-life, she said. Last month, a WHO senior official said wealthy countries donating vaccines with a relatively short shelf life has been a “major problem” for COVAX, the worldwide initiative aimed at equitable access to vaccines.
Spain will make a fourth vaccine dose available to vulnerable citizens, including cancer patients, those who have had a transplant or are receiving dialysis, the health ministry said on Thursday.
Spain has also agreed to cap the cost of Covid self-testing antigen kits at just under €3 and continues to lead Europe’s vaccination drive having already jabbed 90.5% of the population aged 12 and above to date.
Here are the latest developments from across the world surrounding the coronavirus crisis:
- UK prime minister Boris Johnson is fighting for his political future after he belatedly apologised for attending a party during the coronavirus lockdown.
- Novak Djokovic’s deportation decision looms as Australian immigration minister Alex Hawke must decide whether to revoke his visa for a second time and throw him out of the country.
- France eases ban on UK allowing vaccinated people from Britain to visit from Friday providing they have a negative test, after the French authorities say they will ease curbs introduced last month due to the Omicron Covid variant.
- US president Joe Biden says the government will double its purchase of Covid-19 tests to one billion.
- Finland’s health authorities cut the recommended quarantine period for Covid-19 patients by up to half, as infections hit record levels.
- French teachers went on strike, with the biggest teachers’ union saying half of primary schools were closed as staff demand clarity from the government on coronavirus measures.
- Hungary says it will offer a fourth coronavirus vaccine dose to citizens.
- Spain agrees to cap the cost of Covid self-testing antigen kits at just under three euros and will make a fourth vaccine dose available to vulnerable citizens, including cancer patients.
- Greece’s government announces a 100-euro ($114) monthly fine on persons aged over 60 who refuse the anti-Covid vaccine.
- Poorer countries refused to take around 100m donated Covid-19 vaccine doses in December alone, chiefly due to their short shelf life, the United Nations says.
- Norway is to allow bars and restaurants to serve alcohol again from Friday, but only as part of table service and until 11pm.