The president of the Government, Pedro Sanchez, announced this Monday that the Executive will control the prices of antigen tests of coronavirus and that it will also buy 344,000 doses of antivirals from Pfizer in January. In addition, the president has said that The Government has been working for “weeks” on a plan to treat COVID-19 as an “endemic disease” flu-like given the low mortality, which has stood at 1% compared to 13% that was registered at the beginning of the pandemic.
In an interview on Cadena Ser, Sánchez has answered affirmatively when asked if he plans to control the prices of antigen tests. Thus, he has pointed out that your team is going to “mess with price control” and that they are going to do something to regulate them. However, it has not specified what the measures will consist of.
Sánchez has also advanced that in January Spain will buy 344,000 doses of antivirals orals that are being manufactured by Pfizer and that, as he has highlighted, “reduce by 88% the possibility of hospitalization of vulnerable patients.”
“Let’s begin to evaluate the evolution of COVID with different parameters”
During the Interview, Sánchez stressed that “the situation” of the pandemic “is not that of a year ago”. “We know the virus better and waiting for what the reports say, omicron seems to have a milder incidence“.
“I think we have to evaluate the evolution of COVID19 towards an endemic disease“, has stated, and has had an impact:” I think we have the conditions to, with caution and little by little, we began to evaluate the evolution of this disease with different parameters“.
In this sense, it has opted for the “same model” to control the evolution of the coronavirus as for the flu: “Stop counting the cases, the evidence …”.
Thus, it has ensured that the Government has been “working for weeks” on this plan, together with the Center for Health Alerts and Emergencies (CAES) and the Alerts Report. But in addition, he has added that It is a debate that the Executive is “trying to open at the European level”, as the Minister of Health, Carolina Darias, has already stated.
“It is a necessary debate”, has influenced. “Science has given us the answer to protect ourselves and reduce contagion among the population and we see that the fatality is not what we had at the beginning of the first wave.”
The president has predicted that this January there will be a peak in infections due to the high transmission of the omicron variant and later it will start to go down the curve.
Conference of presidents ‘online’ in January and another face-to-face in February
Sánchez, who has thanked the “institutional cooperation of the administrations” in the fight against the pandemic, has reported that he will convene a new Conference of Autonomous Presidents “online” in January Y trust to hold a face-to-face meeting later in February on the island of La Palma.
The last Conference of Presidents It was held two days before Christmas Eve, with the cumulative incidence in Spain for 14 days below 1,000 cases per 100,000 inhabitants (today it is close to 2,800 and continues to rise).
In this regard, Sánchez has defended the usefulness of the decree of the mandatory outdoor mask that was agreed then and has continued to rely on vaccination and self-protection measures.
Thus, it has ensured that the conditions for returning to schools this monday after christmas holidays they are “safe”. “We must have confidence in the work of the technicians, the ministries, the autonomous governments … and in a vaccination widely supported by children,” said the Chief Executive, who recalled that the objective is that the February 7, 70% of children have the first dose and in the week of April 18, 70% have the complete schedule.
Finally, on the possibility of implement measures to force vaccination to people who have not yet done so, they have answered that it is a debate “relevant to other parts of Europe” but not in Spain, where 90% of the population has the complete guideline and, in their opinion, a pedagogical attitude is enough to encourage it.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.