Madrid may shut down mass vaccination centers unless more shots arrive - (National Post via NewsPoints Desk)

  • A shortage of COVID-19 shots may force the Madrid region to close down mass vaccination centers next week, regional public health chief Antonio Zapatero said on Friday, as reported by the National Post.

  • Madrid administers around 275,000 shots per week, but is due to receive just 157,900 doses of the Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine next week, Zapatero said.

  • "If this situation continues we’ll have to close the mass vaccination centers," he said. "Without vaccines, there is no point in having such a big operation."

  • A health ministry spokeswoman said batches of AstraZeneca and Moderna vaccines due next week should avoid any such situations.

  • Senior health official Elena Andradas said the region had been receiving less than its fair share of doses, adding that the region has around 130,000 doses in stock.

  • Despite delays to the deployment of Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine over blood-clot concerns, Spain still expects to have half its 47-million population fully inoculated by late July.

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