"If #Spain's political leaders can draw the lessons from their sub-optimal response to #COVID19..."

-lack of pandemic preparedness (weak surveillance, low PCR testing capacity, scarcity of PPE/CCE)
-a delayed reaction by central and regional authorities
-slow decision-making processes
-high levels of mobility and migration
-poor coordination among authorities
-low reliance on scientific advice
-an ageing population
-vulnerable groups experiencing inequalities
-a lack of preparedness in nursing homes
"... the country [#Spain] is very well placed to give its population a bright and healthy future."

That's a very big if.


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