The director of the Center for the Coordination of Health Alerts and Emergencies attends a conference of the Epidemiology Congress in León and warns: “The pandemic is not going to end until everyone is vaccinated.”
Spain is in a “very very favorable” situation that will allow “little by little and prudently” to return to normality prior to a pandemic that broke out 18 months ago.
This has been assured by the director of the Center for the Coordination of Health Alerts and Emergencies (CCAES), Fernando Simón, during his visit to León to participate as a speaker at the conference ‘Evaluation of the management of the COVID-19 pandemic. What was expected and what happened ‘, which has hosted the assembly hall of the School of Engineering of the University of León.
One of the most mediatic faces of the last year and a half in the country attended this meeting framed in the XXXIX Annual Meeting of the Spanish Epidemiology Society amid enormous expectations that forced people to leave the auditorium before a full capacity.
The end of the pandemic?
Simón has recognized that until everyone is vaccinated the pandemic will not end. “The pandemic does not affect only Spain, but a large number of countries in the world, especially when there is a significant global transmission,” he explained.
The epidemiologist did shed light on the end of the long tunnel that Spanish society has faced in recent months and described the situation in the country as a “very favorable situation” thanks to the large vaccination coverage that he hopes will continue to grow in the coming weeks . “We probably won’t have big epidemic waves. We can have some undulation, in specific groups and that do not become large outbreaks, but the situation in Spain is very very favorable and that allows us little by little and prudently to normalize the situation ».
The head of the CCAES asserted that there may be “sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth wave, but they will not be like the previous ones” so he hopes that “if we behave well and get better coverage” there will not be.
Fernando Simón has refused to comment on the possibility of him becoming the director of the new National Public Health Agency that the Government of Spain intends to create.
«Nobody thinks that I am going to be the director just because. First I have to introduce myself, I don’t know if I’m going to do it, and then they have to choose me. It will depend on many factors. Do not think that I am predestined for this position, “he confessed.
The director of the CCAES recalled that the General Law of Public Health of 2011 already speaks of this state center and that now work is being done to create this center whose direction will be chosen through a committee and from among the candidates who present themselves or are proposed. .
To advance vaccination coverage, clinical trials and authorizations from regulatory agencies are pending, which must decide on including children under 12 years of age in the process.
He also addressed the approval of the third dose for groups of immunosuppressed people and that will give continuity to a study by the Carlos III Institute on the need to bring the booster vaccine to residences or certain risk groups. “What booster doses do is stimulate the defenses. It should be done if there are doubts about a lasting immunity. ‘