07/09/2021 | Press release | Archived content
Portugal sent a first batch of 12 thousand vaccines against Covid-19 to São Tomé and Príncipe to support the São Tomé health authorities in implementing their national vaccination plan against this disease. The vaccines were sent along with the necessary material to administer them, including syringes and needles.
This batch of vaccines arrived in São Tomé in the early morning of the 10th, delivered to the competent health authorities.
This deed falls under the political commitment undertaken by the Portuguese Government to allocate at least 5% of its vaccine batches to Portuguese-speaking African countries and East Timor and is part of the second phase of the Action Plan to respond to the pandemic between Portugal and the Portuguese-speaking African Countries and East Timor.
After a first batch sent to Cape Verde last May and another sent in July to Mozambique, this is the third batch sent by Portugal. Further batches will be sent in July to Angola, Guinea-Bissau, and East Timor.
This initiative stems from the joint effort of the Portuguese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, via Camões - the Portuguese Embassy in Bissau's Institute for Cooperation and Language, and the Ministry of Health, via the Directorate-General for Health, the Portuguese Medicines Agency (Infarmed) and the National Covid-19 Vaccination Task Force in Portugal.