Darias stresses the importance of international collaboration to restore mobility levels while ensuring global health

News - 2022.7.8

This summit, which was chaired by the Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism, Reyes Maroto, aims to deepen international coordination mechanisms to recover safe mobility levels.

In her speech, Darias insisted on the importance of meetings such as this one, which over the course of two days representatives of the G20 countries have been able to discuss common principles and procedures that allow progress to be made in the recovery of international mobility, focusing on the need to protect public health while guaranteeing mobility.

The Minister for Health stated that the COVID-19 pandemic has posed great challenges, especially in terms of mobility, but it has also made it possible to develop examples of international collaboration in this area, such as the EU Digital COVID Certificate, to which more than 70 states have already adhered.

She also stressed that, although the achievements obtained are important, further coordinated progress must be made in areas such as the interoperability of digital systems or the development of common risk-based technical criteria for use in future pandemics that we may face. She stressed that risk-based assessment and support for science are essential to combat global challenges such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

In this respect, she highlighted the success of the vaccination campaign in the fight against COVID-19 and stressed that Spain is an international benchmark in the administering of vaccines due to several factors: the EU's centralised vaccine purchasing strategy, the leadership of the Government of Spain, the hard work of the regional governments and cities, the commitment of health professionals and the exemplary behaviour of Spanish citizens.

The minister mentioned some figures, such as the fact that more than 95 million doses have been administered in Spain and that 92.7% of the Spanish population over the age of 12 has a full course of treatment, and that 80% of people over the age of 40 have received booster doses.

In addition to the achievement in national vaccination, Spain's role in the international donation of vaccines has been complemented by the donation of more than 70 million doses, to which 30 million more will be added shortly, following President Sánchez's announced commitment to reach 100 million.

"As you can see, these are impressive figures, which, together with our capabilities and excellence in different areas, contribute to making us a country that offers safety and attractiveness as a destination," said Minister Darias, who concluded by encouraging the participants in the forum to continue working on the search for solutions that will allow us to make progress in terms of safety in mobility.

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