Local Daily News 31st August

190,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine arrive in the Valencian Community

This Monday, Manises airport in Valencia received a plane with a new shipment of vaccines from the pharmaceutical company Pfizer, specifically more than 190,000 doses that will be distributed throughout the Valencian Community.

According to the Government Delegation, the State security forces are already guarding his transfer and the Department of Foreign Health is certifying them. By provinces, Alicante will receive 65,520 doses, Valencia 95,940 and Castellón 29,250.

The Department of Universal Health and Public Health plans to allocate 231,000 doses of vaccines against Covid-19 this week, of which 200,200 are from Pfizer and almost 31,000 are from Moderna, to complete the vaccination of people between 39 and 12 years old. 

In total, during this week 277,040 doses will be administered, most of which (231,000) will be used to complete the vaccination course for those people who are pending to receive the second dose, according to the forecast of the Ministry of Health.

As specified by the department headed by Ana Barceló, 43,220 doses are to continue with the reuptake of people who are waiting to be vaccinated because they had not been able to attend their appointment for various reasons, or or because they specified the weeks that they were not going to be in the Valencian Community due to being on holiday.

The rest of the doses, until reaching 277,040 doses, will be administered to people vaccinated with AstraZeneca and awaiting the second dose, as well as to new staff in health centers, people in high-risk conditions and company personnel.

The bulk of this week’s vaccines, a total of 229,319 doses, are from the Pfizer laboratory. On the other hand, 46,577 doses of Moderna’s vaccine will be administered. 1,094 doses of AstraZeneca will be administered and, finally, 50 doses of Janssen.

The Minister of Health, Ana Barceló, pointed out this Sunday that “we are in the final stretch of the immunization campaign, already administering the second dose in the youngest age groups, and with it, extending the protection with a complete guideline to all of them”.

“In addition, during this week we will continue with the ‘recapture’ campaign in which we are immersed. This campaign will take us up to the first two weeks of September,” she added.

The Dolores Waste Transfer plant will start operating in about 20 days

In a period of about 20 days, the Dolores Waste Transfer plant will start operating. This facility is the first authorized waste plant in the Vega Baja and, according to the Minister of Agriculture Mireia Mollà who has visited the infrastructure, it is “a historical landmark” and that “only small details are left to finish” as it already has all the authorizations and building is practically finished.

The new transfer plant, which complies with the planned schedule, represents savings for the Town Councils, as the work of collecting and transporting waste is more economical, and will allow the reduction of more than 60% of emissions associated with transport compared to the systems of current pickup.

Minister Mireia Mollà thanked Dolores for their efforts and set the municipality as an example of “courageous decisions”, which should “open a new path in waste management in the Vega Baja”.

“I would like to appeal to all the municipalities of the Vega Baja and their neighbors to take advantage of this historic opportunity to install the facilities, locations, and courageous decisions in the Consortium. The Generalitat, as it has shown, will be by the side of these brave decisions 100%,” Mollà said.

The mayor of Dolores, José Joaquín Hernández, has celebrated that Dolores is the first municipality in the region to host this waste plant and has stressed that it also means “zero environmental impact and zero nuisance.” Hernández has indicated that this infrastructure will reduce the shipment of waste in trucks to other parts of the province such as Villena or Jijona and thus reduce the danger and contamination in transport and make the service cheaper for those who decide to send it to Dolores.

The Department has invested 2.6 million euros, through the A6 Waste Consortium and VAERSA, in the design and execution of this installation that has the best technologies: a closed warehouse, photovoltaic solar installation on the roof and even electrical connection so that the electric vehicles of the new waste collection in the municipality of Dolores can be recharged there. The Dolores transfer plant will be the first in the Valencian Community to have photovoltaic equipment of this level.

The counselor has highlighted the “before and after in waste management because today’s facilities are not those of 20 years ago and today’s managers are much more informed than before.”

The Ministry of Health rules out the introduction of on-demand and walk-in vaccination in the Community

The Ministry of Health rules out allowing health centers to vaccinate against coronavirus without an appointment, as they are doing in other autonomous communities in order to accelerate the rate of immunization.

The Minister of Health, Ana Barceló, justifies this decision in that vaccination on demand is a formula “that has not worked in other communities either.” Another reason “is that the appointments this week are taken with people who have been summoned.” The only exception that the Ministry of Health is making is in those departments with a smaller population to be vaccinated “and that have already protected all those over 12 years of age, patients are offered the possibility of going at certain times to be vaccinated.” Barceló made these statements this Monday while visiting the expansion works of the ICU of the Elda regional hospital. Regarding the arrival this week of 40% fewer doses of the vaccine against coronavirus, Barceló assures that this reduction will not interfere with the vaccination plans that the Ministry of Health has this week. According to the councilor this week, efforts will focus on administering the second dose in the 12 to 19-year-old group and in people who did not attend the vaccination appointment they were given.

These people were offered the possibility to choose between the last two weeks of August and the first two weeks of September, so “we are counting on the doses we need to vaccinate all of those who have told us when they want to do it. The reduction does not affect the number of doses to be administered. We have enough doses, ”Barceló insisted.

Regarding the new school year, Barceló stressed that it will be “very safe” because professionals and students “are already vaccinated.” “We need the maximum attendance in class and there is more security with the vaccine and this week we will finish the full course for children over the age of 12,” he added.

Four Georgians arrested for robbing homes on the Mediterranean coast

Agents of the National Police of the Local Police Station of Elche and of the Higher Headquarters of Murcia have detained four men, aged between 37 and 59 years, all of which have Georgian nationality, belonging to a criminal group supposedly specialized in house robberies.

After months of efforts and discreet surveillance carried out on those investigated, the agents had to study the group thoroughly to avoid being discovered since this group took great security measures in all their movements, with the aim of detecting any presence of the police. With these observations, four people were identified who performed different functions within the organization, from surveillance of the environment, to marking doors and breaking them to access the homes.

These people moved to the neighborhoods where they wanted to carry out the criminal offense, carefully studying the area, marking the entrance doors of the houses, using small fragments of transparent plastic, which were not visible to the naked eye and went unnoticed.

As the days went by, this group again moved to the place of the previously marked properties to check the established markings, and if these were intact, it was a sign that the houses were empty and that their residents had not entered or exited their homes, most likely due to being on holiday. With all the information collected, they would return on the appointed day to commit the robbery in the chosen home.

The fact that the suspects could be operating in places of higher crime incidence, led to the use of a prevention and surveillance device that was located in the buildings that the police hoped the suspects would imminently act on.

At dusk, the four men in two vehicles moved from the town of Torrevieja (Alicante) to the city of Elche, the place where the marked homes were located. After adopting their corresponding security measures, at around 2 am, they accessed the interior of several buildings, using specialized techniques for lockpicking and other tools used to force door locks.

The operation culminated in the arrest of the entire criminal group, when these people were trying to leave one of the buildings where they had perpetrated their planned robbery, and were caught red-handed thanks to the quick and effective response of the agents.

The detainees’ backpacks were seized, containing various tools that they used to open the locks of the homes and objects and money that they had allegedly just stolen (money, jewelry, watches, etc.) were also seized.

All those arrested were placed at the disposal of the Investigating Court acting as the Guardia de Elche, decreeing their immediate entry into prison.

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