COVID-19 | Europe tightens restrictions in the face of the third wave

Portugal has joined the list of European countries that tighten restrictions due to the acceleration in the number of COVID-19 infections. Parliament has extended the state of emergency until January 15, including a night curfew. The authorities want to know how the holidays have affected the evolution of the pandemic, which on Wednesday registered a record of 10,000 daily infections.


Ireland, which escaped the second wave with remarkable success, has also seen an explosion of cases and has opted for lockdown with school closings and construction sites for at least three weeks.

“While I am here, hospitals across the country, on these islands and across Europe beset by disease, with already exhausted health workers, now facing a tsunami of infections even larger than the first wave. We already have more patients. Covid in our hospitals than ever before, “Prime Minister Michael Martin explained at a press conference.


France announces this Thursday whether or not it adopts new measures to stop the spread of the pandemic. It is assumed that he will scrap previous plans to lift restrictions in some leisure-related sectors, such as cafes, bars or ski resorts. The Executive, which has been widely criticized for the slowness of the vaccination campaign, is going to open eight hundred centers dedicated to giving vaccines in the next two weeks.

Moderna Vaccine

And on the front of the vaccines against COVID-19, the European Medicines Agency (EMA for its acronym in English) has given its approval to the preparation prepared by the pharmaceutical company Moderna. It is the second vaccine licensed for use in the European Union. Until now, the 27 only had that of Pfizer-BioNTech.

The president of the Drug Evaluation Board, Ton de Boar, explained that Moderna’s vaccine had passed the tests:

“It is intended for people over 18 years of age. The result of the study concluded that after two injections the antibody levels rise well, and the T cells also have a good immune response.”

Criticism for the slowness of vaccinations

The slowness of the EU vaccination program has been widely criticized. In part, this is due to the logistical difficulty of transporting and storing Pfizer / BioNTech vaccines, which require constant temperatures of -70 ° C. Moderna’s is kept for six months at -20 ºC and lasts in a normal refrigerator for 30 days.