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Why? 85% vaccinated. Deaths have almost disappeared. Cases way down.

Posted by We could learn from it. nm on Sun, Oct 03 2021 at 09:00 AM CDT:

In Reply to: Creepy as hell. posted by nm on Sat, Oct 02 2021 at 10:37 PM CDT:

: : Gouveia e Melo has been credited with turning it around. With a background working on complicated logistical challenges in the military, he was named in February to lead the national vaccination task force.

: : Standing 6 feet, 3 inches, the admiral made it a point to wear only his combat uniform in his many public and television appearances as he sought to essentially draft the nation into one collective pandemic-fighting force.

: : “The first thing is to make this thing a war,” Gouveia e Melo said in an interview, recalling how he approached the job. “I use not only the language of war, but military language.”

: : While politicians around the world have invoked a similar martial rhetoric, he said it was critical to his success that he was widely seen as detached from politics.

: : He quickly assembled a team of some three dozen people, led by elite military personnel — including mathematicians, doctors, analysts and strategic experts from Portugal’s army, air force and navy.

: : Asked what other countries can do to bolster their own vaccination efforts, he did not hesitate to offer his best advice.

: : “They need to find people who are not politicians,” he said.

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