Spain will donate between 5% and 10% of its Covid-19 shots to the global vaccine sharing scheme once 50% of its population is inoculated, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced on Wednesday.
"Spain will set aside 7.5 million doses through the multilateral mechanism, COVAX, for Latin America and the Caribbean and this translates into a donation of 5 to 10% of the total vaccines Spain will receive in 2021," Sanchez said during a press briefing in Andorra, Spain. He said the country will activate the scheme once 50% of the population is vaccinated, which he said would be "very soon."
As of Wednesday, Spain has fully vaccinated 7.6% of its population. About 21% have received at least one dose of a the vaccine, according to health ministry data.
Sanchez also encouraged nations to have conversations over Covid-19 vaccine patents, saying that “rights to intellectual property cannot halt, but rather be [one of the] solutions to guarantee soonest vaccination to the world's population."
Spain has secured over 93 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines though the European Union and has so far received a total of 14,924,175 doses.