A score of pro-independence protesters received the Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, with shouts and wakes upon his arrival this Friday at the facilities of the Spanish pharmaceutical multinational Hipra, a factory located in the Girona town of Amer, the town of Carles Puigdemont, where his family still runs a bakery.
A similar number of mossos d’esquadra made a cordon to separate the protesters from the official car that was transporting the chief executive who entered the pharmaceutical plant without problems. The protesters also included onlookers interested in seeing Sánchez.
Calm in Amer
Meanwhile, in the center of the municipality calm and indifference to the visit reigned and in the former president’s pastry shop they have preferred to remain silent about the visit of the Prime Minister.
The reason for the president’s visit was to know first-hand the advances in the research of the vaccine against Covid19 carried out by the Spanish multinational Hipra, which is working on a new vaccine against covid and follows two lines of research: one of its own and the other in public-private collaboration with the Hospital Clínic de Barcelona which is based on the mRNA of the virus so that the injection guarantees long-lasting immunity.
Sánchez reaffirms that “this year the vaccination of all compatriots, wherever they live”
Sánchez has visited the facilities of the pharmaceutical company, where he has seen first-hand the advances in vaccine research, on which the company plans to start clinical trials in June and produce 400 million doses during 2022. After that visit, he has reaffirmed their confidence in the vaccination plan, ensuring that with the vaccines that Spain is expected to receive in the coming months, it will guarantee “this year the vaccination of all compatriots, wherever they live.
In his brief speech, Sánchez insisted that vaccination is “the great hope” to overcome the pandemic and that “between April and September, some 87 million doses will reach Spain.” And that despite the setbacks with the Janssen and AstraZeneca vaccines, 70% of the Spanish population will be vaccinated by the end of the summer.
The president was accompanied by the Minister of Health, Carolina Darias, and the Minister of Science and Innovation, Pedro Duque.
The event is also attended by the Minister of Health, Alba Vergés, who has demanded “more clarity” from Sánchez in the vaccination strategy. Vergés pointed out that if the Generalitat could “go looking” for vaccines in Europe. “As we cannot, it is up to us to demand these tasks from Spain, so that the information is clear and not at the expense of confusion such as age limitations,” said Vergés, who explained that there are already two million people vaccinated in Catalonia . The councilor has also conveyed to Sánchez the need to “resolve the Catalan political conflict.” In this regard, Vergés explained that the Spanish president has reacted with “great caution.”
Borràs invites Sánchez to reflect
For her part, the president of the Parliament, Laura Borràs, visiting Les Borges Blanques, has invited Sánchez to reflect on the fact that he can visit Amer while Puigdemont cannot. “There are people who, with the exercise of the responsibilities that citizens have conferred on them, can visit and move where they see fit and others cannot and are also representatives of the citizens,” he said.
In the case of Puigdemont, Borràs has indicated that “he can move freely throughout Europe and cannot set foot in Catalonia and, in this case, in his native place”.