After the European Medicines Agency (EMA) confirmed, this Monday, a possible link between AstraZeneca’s covid-19 vaccine and the formation of clots, but considers that the benefits outweigh the risks, the Prime Minister, António Costa, said he respected the “technical opinion” of the European regulator.
“For my part, I only have to say that if the technicians understand that this is the case, I only have to say ‘very well’”, said Costa, referring that “unfortunately he is not a specialist in vaccines” and, therefore, “does not make appropriate decisions. to the technicians ”.
The head of the socialist executive recalled that the health ministers of the European Union will meet later this afternoon to build a coordinated response and considered that “all member states must respect EMA decisions and avoid taking unilateral decisions”.
“It is essential that, at least in the EU, there is coordinated action”, he considered.
Regarding the continued vaccination of teachers and non-teaching staff, the prime minister said he hoped that “next weekend nothing will be disturbed by the decisions of the European Medicines Agency” so that the process can continue.
Costa, who spoke to journalists on the sidelines of a visit to a school in Vila Real, also took the opportunity to appeal, once again, to people who frequent the terraces to wear masks and remove them “only when they are having breakfast” .
“If they want to live and talk, they can do it with a mask,” he said.
“The virus does not walk alone, each one of us carries it,” he said, recalling that there are many asymptomatic cases.