The President of the Republic and the Minister of Foreign Affairs delivered this Thursday, at Luanda airport, a first shipment of 50,000 vaccines against covid-19 destined for Angola within the scope of CPLP cooperation.

This act by Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa and the Portuguese Government, which was represented by Augusto Santos Silva, took place on the eve of the beginning of the Luanda summit of the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP).

Before the Angolan Foreign Affairs minister, Téte António, and the Angolan Health minister, Sílvia Lutucuta, with the Portuguese head of state at his side, Augusto Santos Silva referred to this donation of 50,000 vaccines from AstraZeneca.

The minister of State and Foreign Affairs said that the Portuguese cooperation program foresees the delivery of at least 5% of the vaccines, for a total that will exceed one million for Portuguese-speaking countries.

Before Angola, they have already gone to Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau and Mozambique. Soon, there will also be shipments of vaccines to São Tomé and Príncipe and Timor-Leste.”, declared.

In this protocol act, the head of State chose to remain silent, leaving the floor to Minister Augusto Santos Silva.

“Portugal has always said that, throughout the second half of this year, this process would be accelerated. CPLP is also made of cooperation among us, supporting each other”, he said.

As for the Luanda summit, starting on Saturday, the minister of State and Foreign Affairs said that the executive secretary is proposed by Timor-Leste.

“Which means that the first round of nominations ends on Saturday and the rotation among all CPLP member states has been completed,” he said.

In his statements, the Minister of State and Foreign Affairs also took the opportunity to “thank Angola for the enormous cooperation in organizing repatriation and humanitarian flights during the most difficult period of the covid-19 pandemic last year”.

“Angola’s collaboration was absolutely exceptional,” he added.

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