Portugal is the country with the most "innovative" projects to fight COVID-19

Mon 20 Apr 2020

All over the world, the OECD has identified 148 differentiating projects that aim to address the pandemic and Portugal is the country with the largest number of solutions. The data also show that it is in Europe and America that the stakes have been highest, a reality that contrasts with that of Asia and Africa.

The new Coronavirus has led countries to develop solutions to face the pandemic of COVID-19 and Portugal is the one that has stood out the most in terms of innovative projects. The data are from the OECD and reveal that of the 148 differentiated responses worldwide, 17 are from Portugal, which corresponds to about 11% of the total. The United Kingdom and Ireland are also in the top 3.

It is easy to see that Portugal is a leading country in this area, with more than a dozen solutions identified. With multiple online platforms launched in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, the OECD highlights, for example, the Government website Estamos ON  (We are ON), which recently became also available in an application. The aim is to promote the use of online services by the population to avoid contact during this pandemic.

Even before that, the Ministry of Health Shared Services launched an online platform dedicated entirely to SARS-CoV-2, the virus designation, and which is on this OECD list. The website clarifies, for example, ways of transmission and compiles data on the epidemiological situation in the country.

OECD highlights also include projects such as the Portuguese tech4COVID19 movement, which has been trying to find technological solutions to help the country in the fight against OVER-19, and the RESEARCH 4 OVER-19 Science and Technology Foundation programme. The latter intends to support research and development projects and initiatives already underway or to be developed and that meet the needs of the NHS.

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