European leaders want to avoid new border closure at all costs, stresses António Costa

At the end of Thursday's extraordinary Council of Ministers, António Costa explained the compromises and strategies agreed upon among the leaders of the 27 member states of the European bloc, stressing that the responsibility to contain the pandemic and prevent the collapse of health systems is, now, each “individually”.

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The European Council defined the testing and vaccination strategy for member states at a meeting this Thursday afternoon, as Prime Minister António Costa reported. The European bloc wants to avoid closing borders as much as possible and will now complement PCR tests with rapid tests.

At the end of the videoconference meeting between the leaders of the 27 member states of the European Union, António Costa reaffirmed the joint objective “of not closing borders”, despite the “very significant rise that is seen in all countries” of Covid-19. António Costa also addressed the vaccine distribution strategy.

"There are three contracts signed, four more under negotiation, each lot will be distributed equally to all countries", explained the Prime Minister, who added that "each country will have to define its strategy of prioritizing how the vaccine will be applied in its population ”.

With regard to measures to restrict circulation in the national territory, António Costa argues that "both the basic Civil Protection law and the health law contain measures and a legal framework sufficiently solid to adopt the measures".

Even so, the PM recognizes the “social fatigue” that the Portuguese and European populations are beginning to demonstrate, even citing a survey that reveals that people, at this time, have less perception of the danger that constitutes the disease caused by the new coronavirus than they had in March and April. "Who can contain the pandemic is all of us individually", summarized António Costa.


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