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María Jesús Montero at yesterday's Press conference

Government considering Christmas restrictions

Spain’s goverment confirmed yesterday that specific preventive measures will be announced for the Christmas festivities.

María Jesús Montero announced on Tuesday morning, following the meeting of the Inter-territorial Council of the National Health System, that the specific recommendations for the upcoming Christmas holidays would be released contained in the ‘Anti-COVID-19 Christmas Plan”.

The minister acknowledged that people are closely watching to see what these measures will be in order to know how they should act, which is why they are being prepared sufficiently in advance. María Jesús Montero called for prudence and common sense to prevail, whatever the final scenario may be.


The Council of Ministers also authorised the signing of agreements for the advance purchase of vaccines against COVID-19, carried out by the European Commission with the companies Janssen, Moderna and Curevac, which will make almost 53 million doses available. This is on top of the 31.5 million doses of the vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and the 20 million by Pfizer-BioNTech, which were approved for purchase in October and November.

The Minister for the Treasury and Government Spokesperson, María Jesús Montero, stressed that by doing this, the country “guarantees access to vaccines, which will start to be supplied from January and will be totally free of charge for our citizens”.

María Jesús Montero expressed her hope that with these vaccines Spain can tackle the next few months “with a little more optimism” to definitively defeat the virus. However, she warned, the public must continue to maintain and comply with the health measures to present the spread of the disease and protect health and the lives of the most vulnerable people”. The best stimulus for this, she stated, is seeing that the levels of the accumulated rate continue to drop, although they still remain high”.




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