Impossible to read this as anything other than an utter failure.
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Portugal went from 34% vaccinated to 84% vaccinated in three months. In that same timeframe the US went from 46% to 54%.
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Remember when it was like ‘yea our response hasn’t been great but at least it’s not Europe haha’
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Yes: to be clear, more waves will come. Europe has not attained COVID-zero. But if Portugal, at 85% vaccinated, experiences a per-capita death toll anywhere close to what our summer wave has been, then something has gone horribly wrong.
I agree it's a bit of a disaster, but remember *last* summer when the South was blowing up and the North and Europe were not. Now remember last winter?
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Important to keep in mind that Portugal has the third highest percent elderly population in all of Europe. There is some reason to believe that vaccine efficacy decreases in the elderly. If they can get boosters to those people, they should be good.

1:57 AM · Sep 25, 2021

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The United States has 16.5 percent of its population over 65. So if countries are not vaccinating children; then the lower percent of people vaccinated in the US makes some sense.
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Exactly about the unfortunate dead. Portugal is doing very well because there isn’t much vacine hesitancy and was very organized also, ☝️
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