Vaccinations should "buy time" to contain the Delta variant

By TPN/Lusa, in News, COVID-19 · 22-06-2021 12:03:00 · 7 Comments

The Minister for Health has admitted that the Delta variant of Covid-19 will become dominant in Portugal but hopes that speeding up vaccination will help to “buy time” for the country.

“What we are seeing is a predominance of the variant (Delta, initially detected in India) in the Lisbon region and we are trying to prevent it at this stage from moving into other regions until more people are vaccinated. The objective right now is to buy time for more people to be vaccinated”, said Marta Temido.

“We are on a path and we need to buy time so that new variants can be more controlled”, said Marta Temido, acknowledging the context of a “countercycle” between Portugal and the rest of Europe in terms of the incidence of new cases of covid- 19 and the risk of transmissibility (Rt), justifying it with the time that has elapsed since the start of easing of lockdown, in March, and the “very high prevalence” of the Delta variant of SARS-CoV-2.

“It is important to mention that we now have vaccines, testing capacity and knowledge about the form of transmission that we did not have a year ago. However, non-pharmacological measures in this transitional phase may still be necessary”, she indicated, appealing to the “patience” of the Portuguese for “a battle that will still be long”.

Marta Temido also recalled the impact that the resurgence of the pandemic at this stage has on the image of Portugal at European level.

“It's a problem that we still don't know all the effects that the disease has in the medium and long term – and we have to prevent infections – and it's also a problem of the country's image, which has economic repercussions and on our way of life, in a context in which most European countries are with decreasing numbers of infections. Evidently, this situation of counter-cycle in which the country is in is unfavourable to us”, said the minister.

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How do variants spread when travelers need to test negative before boarding a plane? PCR.. lol

By Paula from Algarve on 23-06-2021 03:52

Those variants very much exist.

The so Called Nepal variant which Portugal dismisses is also now prevalent across Portugal and many other countries.

The point about the vaccines is they are simply chasing a horse that has already bolted.

Hence the talk of never ending vaccinations.

Considering there is ZERO long term safety data on the current vaccines I think people need to make informed choices.

They need to be told the truth about what is known and what is unknown.

By James from Algarve on 23-06-2021 08:59

"The Himalayan variant" & "The Ugandan variant" coming soon !
What a damn joke this all is !

By Fred from Other on 23-06-2021 12:14

If the vaccine kills me, I will be sure to let you know.

By William from Other on 22-06-2021 06:56

What the -C***- did you just type?

By Fronzel Neekburm from Açores on 22-06-2021 06:53

What the -f***- did I just read?

By Fronzel Neekburm from Açores on 22-06-2021 06:52

There is no "Delta variant". Remember the "Indian variant" a few weeks ago. All gone. They are scaring you into getting a vaccine which will kill or maim you. Fight back or lose everything

By Latoysha Adams from Algarve on 22-06-2021 03:55
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