The Spanish newspaper “El Confidencal” reported today, Wednesday, that the two sisters of the former King of Spain got the Corona vaccine in Abu Dhabi last month, during a visit to their father there, which sparked anger in the country.
Elna de Bourbon and her sister Cristina have visited the former king, Juan Carlos, who resides in the United Arab Emirates, since he left Spain following a scandal.
It was not clear how the two sisters got the vaccine in light of the fact that the UAE does not provide free vaccination for Corona except to residents and citizens, and for this it requires a valid ID card. World in Data data center statistics indicate that about 60 percent of the UAE population has received the vaccine so far.
“This is a very ugly thing,” Labor Minister Yolanda Diaz told Spanish official TVE.
She added that it is not correct for members of the royal family to receive the vaccine, while many medical workers and people most vulnerable to infection in Spain are still waiting for vaccination.
The law firm handling Cristina’s affairs did not respond to a request for comment, and Elna de Bourbon’s social cultural foundation declined to comment.
Spain aims to vaccinate 70 percent of its 47 million people by summer, but only 1.3 million have received full doses of the vaccine so far, or 2.7 percent of the total.