With the main epidemiological indicators down, some autonomous communities such as Madrid or Castilla y León They will try to open this Wednesday the debate on the elimination of the mandatory use of masks in public transport, despite the fact that this matter is not on the agenda of the meeting between Health and the autonomies.
At the meeting of the Interterritorial Council of the National Health System (CISNS) this Wednesday, which will be held at the gates of the communities starting the vaccination campaign of the fourth dose against the coronavirusthe Minister of Health, Carolina Darias, and the communities will analyze the evolution of the pandemic, as well as the situation of infections and the monkeypox vaccine.
Minister Darias has indicated that there is still no proposal from the experts of the Conference on Alerts and Preparedness and Response Plans on the use of masks on public transport, and, therefore, are not yet in “conditions” to assess the elimination of its obligation.
“Throughout the entire pandemic, the contributions of experts, both from the Vaccines and Alerts Conferences, have been fundamental and have gone very well for us”, therefore “there is no proposal from the Alerts Conference in this regard , and as soon as it arrives we will be able to assess it“, he stated at the press conference after the Council of Ministers on Tuesday.
A point that “is not on the agenda”
Also on Tuesday, the Minister of Health of the Community of Madrid, Enrique Ruiz Escudero, once again asked the Ministry of Health to take a “further step” in ending the mandatory use of masks on public transport. Although “it is not on the agenda” of this week’s Interterritorial Council, several communities hope that this issue will be addressed at the meeting, as well as at the Public Health Commission.
The initiative of the Community of Madrid is supported by the mayor of the capital, José Luis Martínez Almeida, as well as by the Association of Air Lines (ALA), which advocates eliminating the mask on the plane, as the rest of the airlines have already done. countries of the European Union (EU), after Germany has approved its suppression as of October 1.
Apart from these measures directly related to the control of the coronavirus pandemic, this Wednesday’s Interterritorial Health Council will specify the distribution of the 172 million euros announced by the Government to reinforce Primary Care. To this amount, the autonomies will add the items allocated in their budgets to Primary Care.