Health Minister Salvador Illa has said that the government has ordered 20 million doses of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine, with an aim to start distributing the vaccine at the start of the next year.
The two-dose treatment is to be offered free of charge to 10 million people who would most be considered at risk of complications from Covid-19. Healthcare workers, the elderly and infirm are likely to be the first beneficiaries of the treatment.
Enough people would be vaccinated by April-May, so that the fight against the pandemic in Spain would move to another stage, Illa added.
Mr Illa went on to say however that immunisation against the virus would not be mandatory, however he hoped that enough people would receive the injections.
Today saw the highest daily reported deaths in the second wave of the pandemic, with 411 people losing their lives after testing positive for Covid-19.