The vaccine against covid-19 developed by the University of Oxford and the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca arrives in Portugal on February 9, revealed this Saturday the coordinator of the “taskforce” responsible for the vaccination plan, Francisco Ramos.
“Approximately 113 thousand doses will arrive, unless an error occurs, on February 9th,” the taskforce coordinator told SIC Notícias about the latest vaccine to be authorized by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) for its introduction on the market. and administration to all people over 18, in a decision made on Friday.
At the same time, Francisco Ramos said that another 10,800 doses of Moderna and about 80 thousand of the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine are expected to arrive on Sunday the following day, also expressing the expectation of the authorization of the Janssen vaccine by EMA in March contributing to the strengthening of the vaccination rate in the country during the second quarter.
Asked about the controversy surrounding some episodes of vaccination of people who would not be among the priority groups in this first phase, as will have occurred in the Northern delegation of the National Institute of Emergency Medicine (INEM) and in Social Security of Setúbal, the person responsible for The vaccination process against Covid considered it “unfortunate”, but it demarcated the “taskforce” of these cases.
“I don’t try to be aware of these situations. I don’t think it is the taskforce’s competence or concern to be looking for someone who cheats. Other entities will have to act“, he stressed, adding:” What was done this week was to request the General Inspection of Health Activities to promote audits in order to find out about the compliance with the rules and these criteria “.
While noting that the vaccination in nursing homes is close to completion, estimating “about 30,000 people” still to be vaccinated in these establishments, due to the existence of outbreaks, Francisco Ramos also stressed that help was sought from other entities to also reach illegal homes.
“There are only a few illegal homes where contact has not yet been established. Just yesterday, Friday, the collaboration of Social Security and Civil Protection was asked for health units to be able to reach these homes and establish contacts with their responsible, “he noted.