Covid vaccines “are not miracles”, admits health minister

Health minister Marta Temido has admitted today that the current Covid vaccines “are not miracles. They are a technology, a medication and they have the potential to be 70%, 80% or 90% effective. This means that the possibility that a vaccinated person can contract the disease or serious forms of the illness is reduced in terms of probability, but there is always a risk”. Ms Temido added that it is likely vaccines will need to be ‘reinforced’ (ie people will require further shots) in future. “We don’t know much about the need for these reinforcements”, she said. “We are buying quantities of vaccines for 2022 and 2023 which will allow us these reinforcements”.