GREECE – Spanish prime minister Monday said Spain is “just 100 days away from reaching herd immunity” to COVID-19.
Pedro Sanchez asserted once 70% of the population is vaccinated, the country will have achieved that goal.
“The data invite optimism. One-third of the adult population in Spain has already received one dose, and half of that group has been fully vaccinated,” Sanchez told a news conference in Greece.
“Today, we’ll reach the goal of 6 million people fully vaccinated,” he continued.
This is the clearest timeframe laid out yet for Spaniards, putting the tantalizing target of herd immunity in mid-August.
Previously, Spanish officials had pledged to reach the goal by “the end of summer.”
Spain’s vaccination campaign has accelerated in recent weeks. On Thursday, a record 573,014 people received jabs.
If the vaccination campaign speeds up only slightly and vaccine acceptance remains strong, 70% of the adult population could be immune to the virus within little more than three months.