May 20, 2021 / Plan Sumamos

The CEOE Foundation, the Government of Aragon and CEOE Aragon sign an agreement to join the ‘SUmamos (We Combina Health+Economy) Plan’ with the aim of speeding up vaccinations against COVID-19

The employers' leaders offered the capacity of companies to speed up the end of the health crisis and the start of economic and social recovery. They highlighted that, in Aragon, there are some 40 mutual healthcare centres, which could boost the vaccination capacity.

On Thursday, the president of CEOE, Antonio Garamendi; the president of the Government of Aragon, Javier Lambán; and the president of the Confederation of Aragon Businessmen (CEOE Aragón), Ricardo Mur, signed a framework collaboration agreement aimed at reinforcing the vaccination campaign against COVID-19.

Mass vaccination aimed at achieving 70% immunity in the population is currently the main objective to combat the pandemic and restore social and economic normality.

To achieve this, in the framework of the ‘Sumamos Plan’, CEOE Aragón, with support from the CEOE Foundation, will boost and reinforce the Covid-related actions of the regional health authorities, offering the company’s health tools and resources.

In this regard, Ricardo Mur stressed that “progress towards economic and employment recovery necessarily involves mass vaccination, which is essential so that the restrictions on economic and social activities that are suffocating many sectors may be eliminated, and to regain the confidence and dynamism necessary to reverse the loss of companies and jobs”.

Therefore, he was very pleased with the step taken by the Government of Aragon in signing this agreement with the CEOE Foundation and CEOE Aragon, whereby companies will contribute to combating the pandemic. “As shown here once again, the business community is an ally of the Administration in the fight against COVID-19”, he pointed out.

Meanwhile, the president of CEOE, Antonio Garamendi, highlighted the willingness of companies to collaborate with the administrations from the beginning of the pandemic.

Garamendi offered the capacity of companies to speed up the end of the current health and economic crisis, and stressed that the region of Aragon, pursuant to the collaboration agreement signed by the CEOE Foundation and the Ministry of Social Security and the mutual insurance companies, has some 40 mutual healthcare insurance centres, with some 600 medical staff, ready to expand vaccination capacity as soon as more vaccines arrive.

He also stressed that this autonomous region has 150 large companies plus another 45 that have their own medical facilities and can push in the same direction. “From the beginning we have worked on the basis of responsibility as well as prevention,” concluded Garamendi. 

On the other hand, the Sumamos Plan also covers solidarity actions such as promoting the ‘Sustainable Digitalisation’ project, through which companies and administrations can donate unused electronic devices to be refurbished so that they can be reused by vulnerable population groups.

The Plan Sumamos. Salud + Economía’ (in English, We Combine Health+Economy Plan)

The CEOE Foundation’s “Sumamos Plan” includes a set of five initiatives through which companies can help, ranging from testing (providing support for mass testing in their workplaces, donating resources, materials, and space); tracking (supporting the mass adoption of the Radar COVID application through communication campaigns to employees, suppliers, or customers); communication initiatives; assistance to the most vulnerable groups; and vaccination.

By joining the Sumamos Plan, CEOE Aragón aims to achieve the much-needed balance between health and the economy, a binomial for which the essential foundations of public-private collaboration between Aragon’s employers and the regional government have been laid today.

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