Pandemic peak mid-April
Yesterday, the Portuguese Prime Minister identified the month of June as the time to take stock of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and to be able to “relaunch” the national economy. “We are going to live until the end of May with many limitations,” he explained.
In a press conference, António Costa stressed that the peak of the pandemic will be in “mid-April”, with the effects to be felt until the end of May. “We have to work with realism in the face of the scenarios that the health authorities describe to us,” he said.
The Prime Minister admitted that the state of emergency that will take effect this weekend will most likely have to be renewed for a longer period. “Let us be frank. It will not be 15 days from now that the reasons for decreeing a state of emergency will disappear,” he confessed.
At Palácio da Ajuda, the Prime Minister stressed that “this is a long-lasting battle” and anticipated three very difficult months.
Vaccine 12-18 months away
The international edition of the Diario reports that pharmaceutical company Sanofi Pasteur estimated today that a vaccine against the coronavirus in the origin of the COVID-19 pandemic will only be ready to be distributed commercially within a year or a year and a half.
“Our estimate is that it will take at least 12 to 18 months for a vaccine to be available on the market,” said David Loew, executive vice president of Sanofi Pasteur, Efe news agency.
According to David Loew, who spoke to journalists via teleconference together with other officials from pharmaceutical companies, laboratories cannot “sacrifice safety and efficacy requirements” during clinical trials of possible vaccines.
12 dead and 1280 infected in Portugal is the latest tally on COVID-19 cases.
There are 1059 cases awaiting laboratory confirmation.
Remarkably better, for some reason, than neighbouring Spain, with 25,000 cases and more than 1300 fatalities