The President of the Republic defended this Wednesday that it is necessary to avoid “doubts about the battle” against covid-19 in order to be able to mobilize the Portuguese for the vaccination process, and described his position as a “voluntarist realist”.

Leaving a conference at the Lisbon Congress Center, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa declined to comment on Prime Minister António Costa’s expectation of a “total liberation of society” at the end of the summer with “group immunity” , as a result of the acceleration of vaccination.

Asked if António Costa is meeting the President of the Republic’s vision in this matter, the head of State replied: “You have to ask the Prime Minister. My vision is what it is and, therefore, remains what it is. it is. Some will say that it is a very optimistic view. No, it is a voluntarist realistic view.”

Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa insisted that the current numbers of infection cases, hospitalizations and deaths associated with covid-19 are not comparable to those that motivated the recourse to the state of emergency and stated that his position against a return to widespread confinement “does not it’s just because of the economy.”

It is clear that for the economy it is very important. It’s for the mental health of the Portuguese, it’s for the opening of society, and it’s because it’s fair. I mean, the effort that is being made in the vaccination requires mobilization”, he added.

The President of the Republic argued that “no one is mobilized for a war saying: we are in this battle but look, this is going to go wrong, there are doubts about the battle, I don’t know if we are not going to retreat tomorrow or the day after.”

Nobody fights like that. You only fight knowing you have to believe in what you are fighting for”, he defended.

Questioned about today’s debate in the Assembly of the Republic on the state of the nation and on the situation of the Minister of Internal Affairs, Eduardo Cabrita, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa declined to comment.

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