THE Portugal, affected by the highly contagious Delta mutation of coronavirus, wants to vaccinate people aged 12-17 by the beginning of next school year, the country’s prime minister said on Wednesday Antonio Costa.
“It’s time to expand our goal also ensure the protection of children and young people“So that” the new school year can be repeated without the risk of being interrupted “, said Costa before the parliament, according to the APE BPE. “We are waiting,” he added, “for a final decision from the General Directorate of Health.”
He clarified, however, that everything is “ready to be vaccinated almost 570,000 young people” The space between 14 August and 19 September.
In Portugal, a country with a population of approx 10 million inhabitants, 6.3 million people have already received one dose vaccine and 4.3 million have been vaccinated fully.
The country expects to achieve “by mid – August (…) the 73% of its adult population “to have been fully vaccinated and the”82% in one installment “, reminded the Portuguese Prime Minister.
The Delta variant of the coronavirus, which is now the sovereign, caused in recent weeks resurgence of infections in the country, which recorded 13 deaths in the last 24 hours, the highest number since mid-March, according to the latest report from the health authorities.
The country also recorded 4.376 new cases, of which 1.774 in the Lisbon area. This is the highest number of new infections since the beginning of February, when Portugal was in strict quarantine.