The President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, highlighted this Friday the importance “of people having a sense” of the transitional moment” in the pandemic in Portugal, highlighting vaccines as a response.
The vaccination campaign justifies the “moment of transition” that Portugal and the rest of the world are experiencing, said Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, adding that the “priority to vaccination is a consensual point”.
With a consideration of the lack of confinement in the United States, namely in New York, where he traveled today for the inauguration of António Guterres as UN Secretary General, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa assured that “the advance of vaccination means the retreat of the pandemic” .
Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa was the first head of state to speak in person at the United Nations since the beginning of the pandemic, as the General Assembly took teleworking and videoconferencing as a way of working.
After the intervention at the General Assembly, where he highlighted the work of António Guterres, the head of State told Portuguese journalists that he noted “the bet on vaccination” in New York and asked Portugal to have the same “serenity and common sense” during the lack of confidence.
Still, the President admitted that the “waiting time” during the summer “may seem difficult.”
Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa praised the efforts of the US President, Joe Biden, in the vaccination campaign and added that “Portugal is doing what it can”.
The States of America are experiencing a phase of effect of this massive vaccination and the end of the pandemic”, declared the head of state, while adding that the situation still “it has nothing to do with what New York was under normal circumstances.”
The President considered that “the data are positive, and the vaccination is progressing at a good pace”, with almost three million Portuguese with a complete inoculation and almost twice as much with a dose of the vaccine, which “gives a very significant coverage ”.
For the former professor, it is also positive “there is no repercussion of the level of cases” and adding a “very small number of deaths” daily.
The covid digital certificate of the European Union represented, for Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, the “unity” of Europe and a “great achievement of the Portuguese presidency of the Council of the European Union, among others”.
The President downplayed the fact that the United States continued with its “travel ban” to the European Schengen area, which means that citizens coming from various member countries of the European Union cannot enter the United States for non-essential reasons.
On Tuesday, the US government updated travel recommendations, assigning Portugal risk category 3, “high level”, advising citizens to “reconsider travel”.
Non-essential travel from the United States to Portugal, such as tourism, is permitted, but it is mandatory to provide a negative covid-19 test done up to 72 hours before or 90-day proof of recovery from the illness.
In addition to the level of contamination, the US administration indicates that Portugal has declared a state of calamity and that there are restrictions affecting travelers in the country.