Coronavirus, last minute | Darias: Pediatric vaccine will not arrive before December 16

The cumulative incidence of COVID-19 has skyrocketed in recent days and is already close to the 200 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. The Ministry of Health has reported 22,911 infections of the new coronavirus and 53 deaths during the weekend.

Meanwhile, the world is watching with caution the evolution of the omicron variant detected in South Africa. This Monday, Spain has confirmed the first case of this variant, a traveler from South Africa. The new variant worries health authorities around the world, and several countries have decided to close their borders.

The Council of Ministers will approve restrictions on Tuesday traveling to try to stop the expansion of omicron. Spain will require a negative Sars CoV-2 test for all travelers from high-risk countries – currently Botswana, Swaziland, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe – carried out no later than 72 hours before entry regardless of whether they are vaccinated. These passengers must be quarantined for 10 days upon entering Spain.

Also, as of this Wednesday, a vaccination certificate will be required for people from the United Kingdom and not as before with negative diagnostic tests for COVID-19 or having overcome the disease.

The WHO considers that the possibility of expansion of the new variant is “very high” although he insists that the consequences of his mutations are not yet known, and if he can be resistant to vaccines.

Several communities already require the COVID certificate to enter the hotel industry or other establishments. Navarra and Galicia apply it now, Valencia will do it on Friday and that day the requirement will also be resumed in Catalonia, where it had to be suspended due to a technical difficulty in the application to obtain the certificate.

This is how we have told you the last hour of the pandemic minute by minute:

Miguel Charte

Miguel Charte


  • 09:22

    UK: no signs of a wave of omicron infections. The head of the British Health Security Agency assures that there is no evidence of a wave of infections caused by the new variant. Jenny Harries confirms that there are five cases of the variant in England and another 10 “very probable”.

  • 09:19

    China, ready for the omicron variant. There is a “high probability” that the new variant will reach China, but the Chinese “prevention strategy” will be “effective” in preventing its transmission, according to the director of the China Center for Disease Control, Xu Wenbo.

    Xu points out in an interview with state television CCTV that the Center has developed a nucleic acid detection method that omicron cannot circumvent and that allows “continually determining possible imported cases.”

  • 09:16

    Vaccination among those who were not inoculated increased. The application of the first doses of the vaccine has increased by 50% in the last week, with 128,000 vaccines in the last seven days.

    This is clear from the vaccination report of the Ministry of Health, from which it is extracted that in the week of November 15 to 21, 66,443 undecided citizens or who had postponed their first vaccination joined the campaign, while last week (from November 22 at 28) the figure almost doubled with 128,732 first doses administered.

  • 09:12

    Economic consequences. The Spanish Stock Market opens the session this Tuesday with losses of 1.29% alerted by the statements of Moderna’s executive director, Stéphane Bancel, who foresees that current vaccines will be less effective against the new omicron variant.

  • 09:10

    Consequences for sport. China acknowledges that the new variant will pose “challenges” for the organization of the Winter Olympics, which are held in the country between February 4 and 20, but assures that they will continue.

  • 09:07

    victimsThe mornings of RNE with Íñigo Alfonso – Manuel Franco: “Closing borders will not stop the advance of omicron; it is bread for today and hunger for tomorrow” – Listen now
  • 09:05

    Economic consequences. The Seoul Stock Exchange fell sharply today and its main indicator, the Kospi, has lost 2.42%.

  • 09:03

    According to the minister, the pediatric vaccine, to minors between 5 and 11 years old, will not begin to be applied before December 16, as reported by Cadena SER.

  • 09:02

    The Minister of Health, Carolina Darias, has assured in Cadena SER that Spaniards infected with the omicron variant “have mild symptoms.” “The couple who are suspected of having this variant is also fine,” he added.

  • 09:01

  • 08:56

    The director of Moderna believes that vaccines will be less effective with the new variant. Stéphane Bancel, director of the Moderna pharmaceutical company, has assured in the Financial Times that the effectiveness of the vaccines will surely be lower with the omicron variant. “I think there is going to be a material decline. I don’t know how long because we need to wait for the data. But all the scientists I’ve talked to say something like ‘it’s not going to be good.’

  • 08:53

    Aragon data: 455 infections corresponding to this Monday, 216 more than the previous day and 131 more than a week ago, with no deaths in the last 24 hours, according to provisional data published this Monday on the Transparency Portal of the Government of Aragon.

  • 08:49

    “The most important thing is to implement the measures that work, and that some countries such as the United Kingdom have had to introduce, which has allowed viruses to circulate freely and now has had to go back and re-establish the use of a mask (. ..) Meanwhile: vaccinate, vaccinate and vaccinate “.

  • 08:48

    “In one or two weeks we will be able to know what the response of the vaccines is – adds Bassat – The concern is that the vaccines will reach the whole world.”

  • 08:47

    Quique Bassat, pediatrician and epidemiologist, believes that the concern about the omicron variant is “disproportionate.” In La Hora de La 1 he explains that the “suspicion” is that it is more contagious, and “could respond worse to the vaccines that exist, although it is not confirmed, nor is it confirmed that we are no longer protected against serious disease. It also seems that causes a mild disease, there are no serious cases described. ”

  • 08:44

    COVID passport is extended in Spain before Christmas. For this bridge, the Constitution will already be in force in Galicia, Navarra, Aragon, Catalonia, the Valencian Community, the Balearic Islands and Murcia, and it could be in other communities when the Christmas holidays arrive. The Supreme Court must resolve the appeal that the Basque Government has presented to the refusal of the Superior Court of the community to implement it. The exceptions are Madrid, Castilla-La Mancha and Extremadura.

  • 08:40

    victimsThe mornings of RNE with Íñigo Alfonso – Spain faces the first cases of omicron and studies vaccination in children – Listen now
  • 08:38

    Australia: Concern about possible community contagion with the omicron variant. Authorities believe that an international traveler who arrived in Sydney last week and is likely infected with the new variant spent time in the community and may have infected others. So they have stepped up the control of their contacts.

  • 08:37

    Economic consequences. The Tokyo Stock Exchange closed with a decrease of 1.63% in its main indicator, the Nikkei, on the third consecutive day in the red due to nervousness among investors due to the spread of the new variant of the coronavirus.

  • 08:34

    The Public Health Commission will analyze this afternoon the epidemiological situation after the detection of the first case of the omicron variant in Spain and will study the pediatric vaccine for children aged 5 and 11, already authorized by the European Medicines Agency (EMA, for its acronym in English).

  • 08:32

    Navarra data. New promotion, 285 positive, according to provisional data from the Government of Navarra. This figure comes after the 202 positives registered on Sunday, which was a notable decrease compared to the preceding days, since there were 309 cases on Saturday and 405 on Friday.

  • 08:29

    The border closure is extended by the variant. Kazakhstan it will ban the entry of people from various countries upon detection of the variant and will suspend all flights from Egypt.

  • 08:28

    France: first positive with omicron, on the island of Reunion. A person has tested positive for omicron on the French island of Reunion, located in the Indian Ocean. It is the first in France.

  • 08:22

    Economic consequences. The price of a barrel of Brent oil for delivery in January began the session this Tuesday with a fall of 3.22% in the London futures market, and is approaching the barrier of 70 dollars a barrel (70.8 Dollars).

    Brent is trading lower due to fears aroused in the market by the increase in coronavirus infections around the world and the appearance of the new omicron variant, which has led many countries to adopt new restrictions.

  • 08:21

    Japan confirms the first case of the omicron variant in its territory, according to the Kyodo agency.

  • 07:49

    The Council of Ministers this Tuesday will approve the travel restrictions for the new variant.

    A negative Sars CoV-2 test will be required of all travelers from high-risk countries – currently Botswana, Swaziland, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe – performed no later than 72 hours before entry regardless of whether they are vaccinated. These passengers must be quarantined for 10 days upon entering Spain.

    Also, as of this Wednesday, a vaccination certificate will be required for people from the United Kingdom and not as before with negative diagnostic tests for COVID-19 or having overcome the disease.

  • 07:39

    The cumulative incidence continues to rise in a generalized way: it grows more than 27 points since the last report, until 199.02 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

  • 07:38

    Health has notified 22,911 cases and 53 deaths with COVID-19 compared to Friday. The official count in Spain reaches 88,008 deaths and the cases registered since the beginning of the pandemic amount to 5,153,923.

  • 07:37

    Good Morning. We begin at this time, as every day since the beginning of the pandemic, the news story about the new coronavirus, SARS-COV-2, and the disease it causes, COVID-19.

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