The King and Queen of Spain continued video conferences at the Palace of Zarzuela.
Queen Letizia first held a video conference with representatives of Fundación Integra. The Foundation supports people in severe social exclusion and people with disabilities, helping them to regain control of their lives through job placement. The pandemic has aggravated uncertain living conditions and economic difficulties for them. Current hiring is focused on filling positions which are a result of the pandemic such as substitutes for sick leave, or cleaning and disinfection personnel. However, despite the great need for a job, candidates may have difficulty accepting positions offered by the Foundation as they may have health issues or a lack of support to look after small children. The Foundation has adapted to the situation by conducting interviews over the phone.
Their Majesties then held a video conference with the heads of Farmaindustria, who informed them of the vital participation of the pharmaceutical industry during the crisis with the supply of medication and investigation into vaccines. They highlighted the development of treatments for current patients and vaccines. There are at least 35 clinical trials in Spain with more than 200 participants in hospitals. The companies associated with Farmaindustria have donated more than 8 million euros for aid and 250 plus employees have offered to collaborate with hospital centers, field hospitals, analysis laboratories or any other activity that may require them.
King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia held a video conference with Higher Center for Scientific Research (CSIC). The researchers explained CSIC's commitment to the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, containment, impact, and investigation of COVID-19. Professor Enjuanes' group at the CSIC's National Center for Biotechnology is completing the assembly of a weakened version of the virus that will serve as the basis for a vaccine. The CSIC Global Health / Global Health Platform aims to coordinate the research of more than 150 CSIC groups from multiple disciplines across science, economics, and philosophy, covering all aspects of the pandemic.