Questioning today in Braga, CHEGA leader André Ventura. Image: Hugo Delgado/ Lusa
Questioning today in Braga, CHEGA leader André Ventura. Image: Hugo Delgado/ Lusa

CHEGA wants investigation into possible link between vaccines and Portugal’s record number of excess deaths 

Portugal is recording highest level of excess deaths in Europe

The leader of Chega, André Ventura, believes parliament should investigate a possible link between the joint administration of the flu and Covid-19 vaccines and the increase in mortality in Portugal.

Speaking to journalists in Braga, on the sidelines of a meeting with the board of the Minho Business Association, André Ventura said that the investigation should be carried out “without excesses or fantasies”, but also “without fear or ideological taboos“.

“I hypothesise that the vaccines may have had some impact on the immune system that could make the traditional flu vaccines taken at this time less effective. Parliament should investigate without fear and without ideological or any other taboos. I think we should talk about it with various experts,” he said.

Official figures from January 12 showed that Portugal recorded 5,542 deaths in the first two weeks of 2024. A figure such as this has not been seen since 2021, during the worst phase of the Covid-19 pandemic in the country, writes Lusa.

The Death Certificates Information System (SICO) show that 513 people died on New Year’s Day, a figure that has never been reached on January 1 in the last 10 years.

Today, news channels are reporting that Portugal has reached “the highest levels of excess mortality in Europe”.

Health authorities’ response has been to increase the number of citizens eligible for flu and Covid vaccines. But suggestions elsewhere of possible links with the administration of vaccines and excess deaths have been coming, bit by bit, since the mass-Covid vaccine roll-out began.

Papers have been written on the hypothesis – one of the latest of which was recently featured in the Spectator in Australia – medical figures have interpreted data widely available online.

CHEGA meantime is powering ahead in the polls of citizens’ voting intentions: with the PS and AD (the PSD led alliance) essentially at a kind of lukewarm technical tie-break (with 28% and 27% of the vote respectively), CHEGA has already reached 18%, according to Consulmark2, which is much higher than the 7.18% clinched in the last legislative elections in 2022.

Source material: LUSA/ Spectator Australia