MADRID (Reuters) -Spain’s vaccine rollout has begun to slow the spread of COVID-19 infections and the country is getting ready for a booster third dose, Health Minister Carolina Darias said on Friday.
“We are starting to see a slowdown of the rise (in cases),” Darias said in an interview with radio station Onda Cero.
Spain had registered a major growth in the number of diagnosed cases per 100,000 people over the past few weeks. The number jumped five-fold between mid-June and mid-July.
The vaccination rollout has gathered speed and Spain now has the third-highest COVID-19 vaccination rate in the world, with 64% of its population having had one or two doses, setting it behind only Canada and the United Kingdom.
Darias reaffirmed that the target was for 70% of the population to be vaccinated by late August. “We’ll need to keep vaccinating until we reach 100% or be close to it,” she said.
A third dose will then be offered to Spaniards, she said. “What we still have to determine is when.”
(Reporting by Inti Landauro and Cristina Galan; editing by Mark Heinrich and Ingrid Melander)