General Medical Council boss warns European disunion is damaging confidence in vaccines

Miguel Guimarães, president of Portugal’s General Medical Council (Ordem dos Médicos), has warned today that European disunion is damaging people’s confidence in vaccines against Covid-19. At a time when this confidence is “absolutely vital”, he says the ‘different decisions’ being made by different countries is creating ‘insecurity’ among populations. There should be a clear vaccination strategy, “with priorities by age; a major awareness campaign and mass testing”. Right now, the issue is that for example in France people are being told they shouldn’t have the AstraZeneca jab if they are over 55. In Portugal it is over 60 – and in Denmark the government has entirely removed the vaccine from its roll-out. “People cannot understand this”, says Guimarães.