Portugal will provide Cape Verde with 24,000 doses of vaccines against covid-19 as well as all the material needed to make its administration viable, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MNE) announced today.

According to the MNE, the vaccines and material – syringes and needles, among others – “arrive today in the city of Praia” and will be delivered to the local health authorities.

The ministry recalls that this action is part of the political commitment to make available to the PALOP and Timor-Leste at least 5% of the vaccines against covid-19 acquired by Portugal, which is part of the second phase of the Action Plan in the health response to COVID-19 pandemic between Portugal and Portuguese-speaking African countries and East Timor.

In mid-May, Portugal made its first delivery to Cape Verde, also making available at the time 24,000 doses, which corresponded “to the request for support made by the Cape Verdean Government, given the worsening of the pandemic situation in the country”, he explained the executive.

This week, the Cape Verdean government extended for another 15 days the disaster situation in all the islands, but recognized that there was a “positive trend” in the evolution of the epidemiological situation in the archipelago

The covid-19 pandemic caused more than four million deaths worldwide, according to the latest report by Agence France-Presse.

In Portugal, since the beginning of the pandemic, in March 2020, 17,194 people have died and 922,747 cases of infection have been registered, according to the Directorate-General for Health.

However, at this moment, more than 40% of the population in Portugal is already fully vaccinated against the new coronavirus and, according to the Directorate-General of Health, only 0.1% of people with complete vaccination were infected with the virus.

The respiratory disease is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, detected in late 2019 in Wuhan, a city in central China, and currently with variants identified in countries such as the United Kingdom, India, South Africa, Brazil and Peru.

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