“Vaccines are to prevent a disease that I can transmit to others. They are not an individual treatment” | Interview

What best defines vaccination is that it is “a social contract” and “a society’s choice”, says epidemiologist Henrique Barros, professor at the Public Health Institute of the University of Porto, and one of the experts who advise the Government at meetings at Infarmed on the measures to be applied to contain the covid-19 pandemic. A defender of the vaccination of young people, the academic does not talk about duties or advocate mandatory vaccination, but refers to “ethical issues” that arise and the “society’s right to lay down rules”. And he points to an example to explain what is at stake: “I don’t get vaccinated, I can’t go into the restaurant. I smoke, I can’t enter the restaurant. The logic is exactly the same.”


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