PM Costa calls Infarmed meeting this Friday to discuss rising Covid-19 numbers

A pivotal meeting to determine which steps should be taken to tackle the rising number of Covid-19 cases and hospitalisations in Portugal has been called by Prime Minister António Costa and will be held at 3pm on Friday (December 19).

The meeting will bring together political leaders and Infarmed experts, a government source has told Lusa news agency.

The objective will be to come up with a strategy to keep the pandemic under control and avoid a lockdown during the Christmas season.

As the Resident reported earlier today (click here), Baltazar Nunes (an expert from the Ricardo Jorge Institute) has warned that extra caution will be needed during the upcoming festive season, which may coincide with the “loss of effectiveness” of vaccines – especially among the elderly who were the first to receive the vaccine and who haven’t yet received a third jab.

One issue that seems to be worrying authorities is the slow roll-out of the third dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.

“The difficulties of convincing the elderly that another dose is necessary” have been highlighted as the main obstacle affecting the roll-out, while sources close to the President of the Republic have told Observador newspaper that a “larger awareness campaign” may be necessary to get the word out about the importance of the third dose.