07/13/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 07/13/2021 08:35
Portugal sent on a first batch of 24 thousand Covid-19 vaccines to Guinea-Bissau to support the Guinean 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 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.
In this sense, this batch that was sent to Guinea-Bissau follows on from others sent recently to Cape Verde, Mozambique and São Tomé and Príncipe. Further batches will be sent to Angola and East Timor during the month of July.
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.