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Spain received the first doses of the Pfizer BioNTech coronavirus vaccine on Saturday, one day before the start of the vaccination campaign.

A refrigerated truck arrived with the delivery three days after leaving the company in Puurs, northeast Belgium, at Pfizer’s warehouse in Guadalajara, central Spain, the Ministry of Health said in a statement.

Once repackaged, the vaccines will be distributed to the 17 autonomous regions of Spain so that vaccination can begin across the country on Sunday as planned.

Spain will receive 4.5 million Pfizer vaccine doses over the next 12 weeks, enough to vaccinate around 2.3 million people, according to the ministry.

It is planned to vaccinate elderly residents and nursing home workers first, then health workers and other vulnerable people such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions.

The government expects between 15 and 20 million people out of 47 million residents will be vaccinated against the virus by June.

Spain was one of the countries most affected by the pandemic in Europe. According to the Ministry of Health, the virus infected over 1.8 million people and caused nearly 50,000 deaths.

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