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Restrictions for Christmas and New Year? “At this moment, we are still fighting to reach the best of December,” says Marta Temido – Actualidade

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This Wednesday, the Minister of Health attends the routine press conference of the Directorate-General for Health to announce some news about the vaccination plan against the pandemic of covid-19 and how the holiday season will be.

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  • Christmas and New Year: Asked about the restrictive measures for the festive periods of Christmas and New Year, the Minister of Health said that “at this moment we are still struggling to reach the best of the first days of December”. “It is worth remembering that we are going to have a new phase of the state of emergency, that we need to focus on breaking transmission chains and containing the disease. Some countries that also started to grow this second wave earlier and that adopted containment measures , consequently more aggressive, are now able to anticipate a little better what will be the end of December. We are also doing this analysis, but there is one thing that is already very clear, is that we will not be able to have a Christmas like the previous years “, he said. Marta Temido explained that it is only with the development of the epidemiological situation in the coming days that “we will be able to concretely understand what the level of restriction we will have at that time of the year”.
  • Vaccine against covid-19: The minister said at the press conference that plans for receiving, storing and distributing the vaccine are still being developed by the National Technical Vaccination Commission, an agency under the supervision of the Directorate-General for Health and working with the introduction of all vaccines and consequent vaccination plans, and by a technical committee created specifically to deal with the particularities of this vaccine against covid-19 and which involve not only its degree of efficiency, but its use, more demanding logistics aspects than in common situations, a vaccination schedule that is not yet fully known because it will depend on the availability of the vaccines which, consequently, will depend on the manufacturers and also on the need to ensure that the vaccination plan and the vaccination administration registration plan, since he is talking about vaccines, some of them, with two doses, is strictly observed, respected. The only guarantees left by Marta Temido were in relation to the delivery of vaccines – “what we know at the moment is that all producers are going to make delivery of vaccines available in their own countries, so the question of transport to Portugal will not arise” – and the storage of them, which should take place “in a single point in the country”. “We have been working on this issue and we have solutions and plans for this storage, but then there is a distribution of the vaccine across the country and there is also distribution throughout the autonomous regions of Madeira and the Azores. All of these logistical issues are being addressed so that when vaccines are available they can be administered as quickly as possible. Our emphasis is in the sense that we are working, there are still aspects that depend on information that is being distributed to us by the European Commission’s European Medicines Agency and we will give you details later. “
  • Population vaccination plan: Marta Temido guaranteed that the target populations of the first doses of vaccine against covid-19 that will arrive in Portugal in early 2021 will be very similar to those determined by the vaccination plans of other countries. “We are essentially talking about populations according to the age group, due to exposure to occupational factors of greatest risk and also to their importance for general security. There will not be, we anticipate, many new developments of this type, although the National Technical Commission for A vaccination is scheduled for today or tomorrow for a meeting on this topic. It is important that we give this space to close these details so that the document can be properly consolidated and shared with everyone. But this is just a piece, because then there are the logistical issues. , the questions of administration of the vaccine and there are also questions of administration that are two aspects that deserve the most attention to ensure that people understand who the vaccine is for, why that group is intended and not to another , what are the conditions under which who will take it first and will take it later, this will be detailed “, he stressed.
  • Vaccine availability and continued containment measures: “We will have an initial phase in which we will have little availability of the initial phase of vaccines, and that availability is expected to increase in the spring and then it will be possible to guarantee coverage that in mid-year the strategy is implemented. We are talking about several vaccines in that we have a lot of hopes, but that we have to understand as another way to face this disease because we will probably have to continue to have containment measures so that those who have not yet been vaccinated remain protected, so that society can continue to function “, explained the guardian of the Health portfolio.
  • SNS networking: The minister, who this Wednesday morning visited part of the northern region of the country, the most affected by this second wave of pandemic caused by the new coronavirus, underlined the capacity of the National Health Service to operate in a network to relieve pressure for public health response in this region. “The National Health Service is reorganizing itself every day and its professionals are every day continuing to work to respond appropriately,” he said, adding that “transfers of patients that were made in time to other hospitals in the region, from the social and private sector, and also to other hospitals of the National Health Service outside this health region “are a” very positive aspect “, in terms of the ability to” look better at the National Health System and the NHS “.
  • The numbers for this Wednesday’s newsletter: Today Portugal counts 71 more deaths related to covid-19 and 5,290 new cases of infection with the new coronavirus, according to the Directorate-General for Health (DGS). Regarding hospital admissions, the DGS epidemiological bulletin reveals that 3,251 people are hospitalized (24 less than on Tuesday), of which 517 are in intensive care (11 more in the last 24 hours).

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