Covid-19: Portugal closer to target of 85% complete vaccination. “Task Force” ceases to exist | Summary of the day
This Tuesday was another milestone in the vaccination process against covid-19. AN Task force it no longer exists, but a transition nucleus remains, which over the next two to three months will work with the Ministry of Health to internalize practices learned from a pandemic.
“There isn’t much more to do. A nucleus remains to do this work, to help make the transition to the flu vaccination. It is a nucleus trained by me and that is with me. It’s my people,” Admiral Henrique Gouveia e Melo, coordinator of that work group, told PÚBLICO.
More than 8.6 million people already have a complete vaccination against covid-19, which makes Portugal this Tuesday one percentage point of reaching the target of 85% of the population fully vaccinated.
The Government will not renew the covid-19 covid-19 rapid antigen test. This exceptional scheme, which entered into force in July and has been renewed monthly so far, will not be extended in October.
Portugal registered on Monday the seven deaths due to covid-19 and 600 new ones caused by the new coronavirus, according to the bulletin of the Directorate-General for Health (DGS) released on Tuesday. Admissions decreased both in the ward and in intensive care. The regions of Lisbon and Vale do Tejo and the North accumulate 372 new cases among themselves, representing 62% of the changes reported this Tuesday.
Pfizer Inc and BioNTech SE on Tuesday passed initial data from the trial of their covid-19 vaccine in children ages five to 11 to US regulators and said they would make a formal application for authorization for use. emergencies in the coming weeks. Coronavirus infections soared in children and peaked in early September, according to data from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Outside, Japan announced it would lift the state of emergency due to covid-19 in force in Tokyo and 18 other counties across the country on Oct. 1, after seeing a sharp drop in fatalities and critically ill patients.
Africa has recorded 437 deaths associated with covid-19 in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of deaths since the start of the pandemic to 210,435, and 8298 new infections, according to the latest official data. Portugal delivers 110,000 doses of the Astrazeneca vaccine against covid-19 to Mozambique on Wednesday.
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has called on the World Trade Organization to urgently ease intellectual property rights over vaccines and other medical technologies used against covid-19, given a serious shortage of doses facing poor countries. with Lusa