Portugal vaccine rollout gets new chief after unsteady start

first_imgLISBON, Portugal (AP) — The new head of Portugal’s COVID-19 vaccination task force is due to start work Thursday. He takes charge a day after his predecessor resigned amid scandals over vaccine queue-jumping and frustration over a sluggish rollout similar to that seen in other European Union countries. At the current rate of vaccination, Portugal will reach its target of 70% of vaccinated adults only in 2023. Its goal was to reach that milestone in late summer this year. Portuguese officials note that they have received fewer vaccines than promised from manufacturers and say EU authorization of more vaccines will help accelerate the program.last_img

Racing action in Thurles.

first_imgThere’s also Tipperary interest in Aidan O’Brien’s King Ice and Charlie Swan on Getoutwhenyoucan.The going over the jumps is said to be soft and the seven-race card gets underway at 12.20. Champion trainer Willie Mullins will unleash unbeaten nine-time hurdle winner Un De Sceaux over fences on a card to savour at Thurles today.Barry Connell’s promising bumper performer Golantilla stars in the Holycross Maiden Hurdle at 2.35, taking on 17 rivals on his hurdles debut.The most valuable race on the card is the €10,000 Rock of Cashel Hurdle, in which Mullins’ unbeaten Clondaw Court returns after nearly a year off.last_img