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Portugal must be a voice in Europe to raise vaccine patents – ZAP

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Catarina Martins

The leader of the Bloco de Esquerda (BE), Catarina Martins, stressed that vaccine patents must be lifted, so that the entire population can be immunized against covid-19, arguing that Portugal should be “a voice in Europe” and make more to guarantee the totality of vaccines.

“At this point, we should already be negotiating all available vaccines. We should be a voice in Europe so that there is the courage to overcome patents and guarantee vaccines ”, said Catarina Martins at the end of a visit to the Military Laboratory, this Thursday morning, quoted by TSF.

Regarding the AstraZeneca vaccine, he guaranteed that “he trusts Portuguese health institutions and the decision they are going to make”, stressing that “Portugal has to make decisions when the European coordination fails ”.

“What the institutions have told us is that, in fact, there are side effects that should not cause alarm. Taking into account the data from science, we see no reason to create alarmism in the population. We ask that science be trusted, ”he said.

On the IMF proposal, for the richest to pay temporary taxes, in order to respond to the crisis, he defends: “This idea has to end, that the giants go offshore and do not pay taxes anywhere, while a grocery store has to pay your taxes. In order to have justice in the response to the crisis, one must have the courage to end these mechanisms of escape from the tax authorities ”.

For the blockade leader, it is “unacceptable” to tax workers’ wages, “when decisions are not taken to tax the great fortunes who never pay what they owe ”.

Taísa Pagno Taísa Pagno //

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