Spain will offer a flu vaccine to children, adolescents, and adults as part of a broader strategy to fight the coronavirus, its health ministry said Tuesday.
The vaccine will be available for free to people over the age of 18 in the first year of the trial, which started Tuesday and is expected to run through April, said a statement by the ministry.
The government is also introducing a “community vaccine campaign,” with the goal of vaccinating 100,000 people over three years.
It is unclear when the trial will be complete.
“This is the first time in Spain that the flu vaccine will come in a package with the flu vaccination cards,” Spanish Health Minister Carlos Varela told reporters in Madrid.
“In general, we are very cautious and cautious, but we are ready for any new developments.”
A flu vaccine can save lives in the U.S. and around the world, and it is popular in many European countries.
The U.K. and Australia also offer flu shots, while several other countries in Europe and Asia also have programs.
The World Health Organization has declared the coronovirus pandemic.
The coronaviruses are spread through the air by respiratory droplets and can be spread from person to person through coughing, sneezing, coughing, or sharing bodily fluids such as saliva.
Symptoms include fever, cough, runny nose and a sore throat.
People who contract the virus are contagious for up to two weeks.
Spain is one of the countries that has seen the greatest numbers of cases of the virus, according to health authorities.
The country has reported more than 30,000 cases, but authorities have struggled to contain the outbreak and the death toll has continued to climb.