This goal was taken up by António Costa at a press conference at the end of a summit of European leaders, which took place by videoconference, after being confronted with the vaccination targets in the European Commission's plan.
"The European Commission's proposals are in line with our own vaccination plan and the weekly doses that Portugal receives derive from the contracts defined by the European Commission itself. Therefore, the targets are set taking into account the doses and the rhythm of their distribution", he began by stating.
In this context, according to the Prime Minister, "if there is not a hitch in the process of distributing the vaccines, which are contracted and scheduled, Portugal will reach the end of the summer with conditions to have 70 percent of the population duly immunised".
However, António Costa wanted to highlight the following warning: "There are several conditions that do not depend on us," he said, giving as examples changes in Pfizer factories or the recent car accident on the A2 motorway.
In relation to the national vaccination plan, the Prime Minister said that, to date, a total of 202,150 vaccines had been administered and reiterated that Portugal "continues to be prepared to ensure that vaccination is carried out at the planned pace, namely with vaccination of all users and employees of homes - an operation that is expected to be concluded by the end of next week.
Are 70 percent of the portuguese adult population wanting to take the vaccine jabs or are certain people being forced to take it? This is not mentioned. I and my children will NOT be taking the jabs.
By Michael Wayne Knight from Lisbon on 24 Jan 2021, 10:41
Not gonna happen. With all the vaccine related deaths and side effects, a lot of people will think twice before getting the shot. Especially if you're under 60 and healthy.
By Fred Doe from Algarve on 24 Jan 2021, 11:36
Thats doesn't make much sense, because mortality studies show that only those above 60 are in real danger from the C19 virus. Like in previous epidemics this seems to be another big handout to the pharma industry.
By John Dough from Lisbon on 24 Jan 2021, 11:50
Excellent. We will be in line as soon as we are eligible. We have seen no credible sources publish information about dangers related to this vaccine, and many of our family members are health care workers in the US who have been vaccinated with both doses and have experienced, at most, a slight fever.
By P S from Lisbon on 26 Jan 2021, 23:18