The Minister of Health, Marta Temido, does not rule out the possibility of Portugal confining it again, admitting that “all scenarios must be open”, stressing that “everything is in our hands”. Unlike several European countries, which are witnessing new waves of the pandemic, Portugal is still at a moderate stage in the current evolution of covid-19.
Speaking at the inauguration event of the new Hemodialysis Unit of the Nephrology Service in Penafiel, this Friday, Marta Temido said that this stability is due to some non-pharmacological rules that Portugal has decided to maintain – such as the use of protection closed spaces in facials – unlike other countries, which have abolished practically all these measures.
“Right now, in the Portuguese context, it is on the table to look at non-pharmacological measures and call for vaccination of the eligible population”, stressed the official, who, however, stressed that this virus is “new” and therefore it can continue to create new variants.
Asked about the possible return of Vice Admiral Henrique Gouveia e Melo to the task force, Marta Temido turned the question around and decided to praise the performance of the former coordinator, indicating that at this time Portugal is facing other challenges, to which the Vice Admiral continues to cooperate closely with the campaign.
Henrique Gouveia e Melo “led in an extraordinary way” a national campaign, with the country having “a lot” of confidence in his work, underlined Temido at the inauguration event of the new Hemodialysis Unit of the Nephrology Service in Penafiel.
“We owe him a lot”, said Marta Temido, stating that “we have to understand that new phases, even in people’s lives”. However, the responsibility does not only lie with the vice-admiral, but “also part of what is also the adherence of people to vaccination and this is what, at this moment, we need to have in greater quantity”, pointed out one government official.
This morning, the Deputy Secretary of State and Health, António Lacerda Sales, also confirmed that the vice admiral “remains closely linked – and well – to the process through the coordination nucleus”.
Even so, Gouveia and Melo cannot imagine returning to the vaccination task force, having rejected a “Sebastianism” that would not be healthy for the country. “I will always be available as a military man, but I would like to see our society move forward in another way: without any Sebastião, because Sebastião is each one of us,” said the former coordinator, at a conference on Faculty of Medicine Day of the University of Coimbra, this Wednesday.
On Wednesday, Gouveia e Melo rejected a return to the vaccination task force, rejecting a “Sebastianism” that would be unhealthy for the country. “I will always be available as a military man, but I would like to see our society move forward in another way: without any Sebastião, because Sebastião is each one of us,” said the former coordinator, at a conference on Faculty of Medicine Day of the University of Coimbra.
Portugal has already administered one million doses of the flu vaccine and 450 thousand booster doses against covid-19, revealed this Friday, the Deputy Secretary of State for Health. The government wants to give a booster dose to all people with 65+, eligible, until December 19.