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Snow and ice will not hold up vaccine delivery or administration, assures government
11 January 2021 @ 23:10

SUB-ZERO temperatures and never-seen-before snowfall in Madrid will not hold up Covid vaccine delivery or administration, Spain's government assures – in fact, this week, the country has already received another 350,000 doses from Pfizer.

Despite orders from health minister Salvador Illa for medical staff to administer all the vaccines they have available, they have opted not to do so, as they want to ensure everyone who has already been immunised will be guaranteed their second dose within the World Health Organisation's recommended time frame, given that it may still be possible to catch the virus before having the booster.

Madrid's Adolfo Suárez-Barajas airport, the main inter-continental gateway to the country, is now at least partially operating after it was closed due to snow and ice, and a plane has now landed stocked up with more Pfizer deliveries, reveals transport minister José Luis Ábalos. 

He and interior minister Fernando Grande-Marlaska are in 'constant contact' with pharmaceutical companies abroad to ensure the flow of vaccine parcels continues to arrive within the previously allotted times, so that there will be no interruptions in scheduled inoculations.



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