Portugal donates 37,000 vaccines to São Tomé and Príncipe


By TPN / Lusa, in Africa, COVID-19 11-08-2021 17:34:00 0 Comments

São Tomé and Príncipe will receive another 37,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccine from Portugal, to strengthen the national vaccination plan, it was announced on August 10.

The second batch with 37,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine is expected to arrive in the country this month, in addition to the 12,000 that Portugal already donated to the archipelago in July.

The announcement was made by São Tomé’s Minister of Health, Edgar Neves, during a two-day seminar to take stock of the activities of the national Covid-19 vaccination program taking place in the archipelago.

“We hope to receive by the end of this month [August] 37,000 doses given by Portugal “, announced the government official, adding that the country already has” guarantees from partners like China to receive more vaccines in the coming months “.

São Tomé and Príncipe has set the goal of vaccinating at least 70% of its population against Covid-19 by March 2022.

“So far, we have already vaccinated 32,114 people with the first dose, and 11,873 with the two doses,” revealed the Minister of Health, who announced the start of the second phase of vaccination for September.

The representative of the World Health Organization (WHO) in São Tomé and Príncipe, Anie Ancie, estimated that “these coverage data places the country among those with the highest probability of achieving the goal of World Health Assembly to have 10 percent of the population fully immunized by 2021 ”.

Five months ago, São Tomé and Príncipe began the process of vaccinating its population against covid-19. On August 10, several personalities involved in the vaccination process began a two-day seminar to improve the activities of the national vaccination plan.

São Tomé and Príncipe currently has 65 active cases, all on the island of São Tomé, and a total of 37 deaths, 2,476 confirmed cases and 2,374 recovered from the disease since the start of the pandemic.

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