Portugal has fully vaccinated 80% of the population, according to official figures cited by Reuters (the 81,5%, according to the Politico tracker), to become one of the most vaccinated countries in the world, which allowed it to lift most of the restrictive measures to tackle the Covid pandemic.
At the beginning of the year, Portugal faced severe relapse of the epidemic and has since managed to vaccinate 8,2 millions of people per population 10 millions, according to the DGS health service.
Almost all people over 65 years and a half of young age 12 – 17 years has now been fully vaccinated.
"I do not care if we are No. 1, no.2 or no.3 in the world ", said the head of the vaccination campaign, Rear Admiral Henrique de Gouvia e Melo, during his visit to a vaccination center near Lisbon.
"What I want is for the virus to be controlled, to vaccinate as many people as possible so that the virus does not have room to circulate ", he said outside the center to the applause of those present.
The Portuguese admiral has been praised for organizing a rapid vaccination campaign, which in itself is not enough to effectively vaccinate a population, as has been shown in similar cases in other countries.
He says Portugal started vaccinations at the same rate as other European Union countries., but as anti-vaccination movements developed elsewhere, Portugal, where just the 3% of the population consider themselves "negative", accelerated the vaccination campaign.
He warned, however, that the battle against Covid was not over, to all countries, rich and poor, have access to vaccines. "We vaccinate in the richest countries and then there is zero vaccination in the poorest. I can not agree with that, not only morally, but because it is not a good strategy and a good national attitude ".