In a statement to the country, from the Palace of Belém, in Lisbon, after renewing the state of emergency until March 1, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa said that there had been in the last two weeks been "occasional news of favouritism in the provision of vaccines".

According to the head of state, the Portuguese people also need to be aware that "that those responsible for favouritism in the provision of vaccines will be punished".

Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa also spoke about the European Union's assistance in this conjuncture of the covid-19 pandemic, saying that this matter generated "divided feelings".