Unilabs today confirmed to Lusa that there was a “problem” with the vaccine storage refrigerator at the Queimódromo Vaccination Center, in Porto, which was resolved as soon as it was discovered.
An official source from Unilabs said, “Unilabs confirms that a cold chain malfunction occurred at the Queimódromo vaccination center in Porto. The situation was immediately resolved as soon as it was discovered.”
For this reason, vaccination against covid-19 has been suspended in Queimódromo do Porto by coordinating the ‘working team’ and requesting an investigation from the General Inspection of Health Activities (IGAS), which was announced today. Unilabs explained that “the problem occurred at the vaccine storage facility, and its cause has already been properly analyzed, both internally and externally, with mitigation measures in place and enhanced prevention of this occurrence.”
He added that the relevant health authorities have also been alerted to the vaccination process so that the necessary protocols can be applied to protect all users.
“At the moment, we have our teams in the field, with other partners at the Queimódromo Vaccination Center, operating from Saturday so that, if the health authorities and the Task-Force understand this, we can continue to support the country in the vaccination efforts,” The source concluded.
Earlier this morning, the coordinator of the “task force” for the Covid-19 vaccination plan said that there was “no risk to the health of people” who had been vaccinated in recent days at the center set up in Queimódromo.
“The vaccination has been suspended, there has been an interruption in the pharmacovigilance procedures and this break does not give us confidence to continue working without the checks that have already been established and are underway. All vaccinated persons are in a specified period as Vice-Admiral Henrique de Gouvia e Mello said, “A security breach occurred. He is contacted.”
Speaking to reporters during a visit to the ACES Porto Ocidental vaccination center, which has been installed in the Transport Regiment in Porto, the “task force” coordinator for vaccines stated that “there is no risk to the health of these people, the only risk is that the vaccination may be null”.
Covid-19 has killed at least 4,323,957 people worldwide, among the more than 204.7 million new coronavirus infections recorded since the beginning of the pandemic, according to the latest report from Agence France-Presse.
In Portugal, since March 2020, 17,514 people have died and 993,241 cases of infection have been recorded, according to the Directorate General of Health.
The respiratory disease is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which was discovered in late 2019 in Wuhan, a city in central China, and currently with variants identified in countries such as the United Kingdom, India, South Africa, Brazil or Peru.
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