The overwhelming majority of the parties, with the exception of the PAN, on Tuesday refused to give priority to vaccination against the covid-19 of the President and the Prime Minister.
At the end of a meeting of experts and politicians at Infarmed’s headquarters, in Lisbon, on the epidemiological evolution in Portugal, the PSD was the one that showed the most sympathy with the idea, while the People-Animals Nature (PAN) party admits this scenario.
PSD leader and deputy Ricardo Baptista Leite admitted that “in relation to the three summit figures of the State [chefe do Estado, presidente do parlamento e primeiro-ministro] it would be perfectly reasonable “this priority vaccination, as” it is reasonable “for Marcelo” to be tested more times than the rest of the population “.
“Now what concerns me is understanding and ensuring that we are vaccinating the right people in the right order,” he added.
For the CDS, the leader, Francisco Rodrigues dos Santos, defended that priority should be given to the elderly, to the point of saying that he gave up his vaccine to those who were left out of the first phase of the vaccination plan.
And given that Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, is, by age, 72 years old, in a risk group, so he admitted that he was vaccinated.
For the PCP, Jerónimo de Sousa, secretary general of the party, was short in the comment to say that there is a “natural order” in the priorities in the vaccination and guaranteed that the communists do not “make it a flag”.
Moisés Ferreira, deputy of BE, was clear in saying that holders of high political positions should be vaccinated according to the defined criteria and refused to pass “ahead” of the rest of the population.
“State figures, political leaders, senior government officials, in our opinion, should be vaccinated according to demographic and health criteria that have been defined for anyone, for the general population,” he said.
The PS, through José Luís Carneiro, did not commit itself and did not want to “take a stand disconnected from the other parties”, despite admitting that everyone “must be protected”.
Inês Corte Real, parliamentary leader of the PAN, said that it was, “in fact, wise that whoever is exposed to the pandemic on a more daily basis”, such as the President of the Republic or the Prime Minister, should be vaccinated and that “the vaccination plan must adjust to that context “.
“We need to have representatives who are able, from the point of view of their health, to ensure that the democratic rule of law is not pinched by this pandemic,” he said.
Mariana Silva, deputy of the Ecological Party “Os Verdes” (ENV), said that the vaccination plan “was made by technicians and specialists” and that her party will not be proposing changes to include political leaders.
Directly against this hypothesis is André Ventura, deputy and leader of Chega, who said to Lusa: “Politicians, even high figures of State, should be treated like all other citizens. It makes no sense to have any priority in vaccination, especially when neither home users are still vaccinated. “
For the Liberal Initiative, deputy João Cotrim Figueiredo affirmed that “the criterion must be to vaccinate people whose lack would most be felt in the fight against the pandemic, period”.
“The criterion must be the usefulness of any personality or any position to fight the pandemic, and I do not think that the political class as a whole meets these criteria,” he said.
The first phase of the vaccination plan, until the end of March, also covers professionals from the armed forces, security forces and critical services.
In this phase, people from 50 years of age or older with at least one of the following pathologies will also be vaccinated, starting in February: heart failure, coronary heart disease, kidney failure or chronic respiratory disease under ventilatory support and / or long-term oxygen therapy .
The second phase starts in April and includes people aged 65 and over and people between 50 and 64 years old, including, with at least one of the following pathologies: diabetes, active malignancy, chronic kidney disease , liver failure, hypertension, obesity and other less prevalent diseases that can be defined later, depending on scientific knowledge.
In the third phase, the rest of the population will be vaccinated on a date to be determined.
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