Regardless of the scarcity of doses and the criticism leveled on the Authorities for the slowness and distribution within the vaccination course of, Spain will resell a part of its Pfizer vaccines to Andorra, as introduced this Tuesday by the Official State Gazette. That is the results of the agreement reached between each Ministries of Well being “to combat in opposition to the well being emergency attributable to the SARS-CoV-2 virus.”
Nonetheless, it’s not one thing that Spain has determined now by itself, however somewhat falls throughout the agreements carried out at European stage, as acknowledged by the BOE: “Within the context of the negotiations carried out by the European Fee below the Agreement between the European Fee and the Member States on vaccines in opposition to COVID-19 the necessity for some neighboring nations to profit from entry to the vaccines that these contracts would assure was revealed ”.
Amongst these nations that might profit from this support to neighboring powers, as well as to Andorra, there can be Norway, Iceland, Monaco, San Marino, Vatican Metropolis and Liechtenstein. Clearly, Spain is the one which has to ship a provide of doses to Andorra.
How is the agreement?
“It was agreed that nations from which medicines and medical gadgets are routinely used to small European nations can be chargeable for allocating a part of their allotted doses to them ”, it’s argued within the cited textual content.
When was it agreed? The BOE can also be accountable for clarifying it: “It was agreed that Spain ought to present part of the assigned doses of vaccines from the corporate Pfizer / BioNTech within the phrases set within the APA, and due to this fact it’s vital to formalize an Agreement, by advantage of the provisions of article 47.2.d) of Regulation 40/2015, of October 1 ”.
Additional, donating vaccines to nations with a medium or low revenue or sending them to different European nations is one thing that’s included within the Vaccination Technique ready by the European Fee and in contracts signed with the producers, with Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson.
“Resale” regardless of the speak of “solidarity”
Some days in the past, the Minister of Well being, Salvador Illa, introduced that the Ministry was finalizing the agreements and the documentation to provide Andorra vaccines, primarily based on “the train of solidarity that we mentioned that Spain would do with the vaccines that it has been ready to purchase throughout the framework of the European vaccination technique ”.
Though there are not any actual figures, Andorran Well being Minister, Joan Martínez Benazet, introduced at a press convention every week in the past that they might obtain about 2,000 doses, with a primary supply of 1,000, and one other thousand to full the vaccination course of within the Principality. For his half, Salvador Illa speaks of 30,000.
It was one thing that didn’t sit properly with the opposition within the face of the provision lower that Spain will endure with Pfizer vaccines. He remembered, for instance, from Ciudadanos, its chief within the Valencian Group, Toni Cantó.
Minister Salvador Illa in November:
“We may have the primary vaccines (…) and if they’re left over, in an train of solidarity, we’ll present them to nations that want them”
At this time, in the midst of the provision chaos and the vaccination plan, he pronounces that they’re going to give vaccines to Andorra. pic.twitter.com/UCbOws1Aid
– Toni Cantó (@ Tonicanto1) January 16, 2021