Portuguese Prime Minister António Costa announced this Saturday that Portugal will triple the supply of vaccines to African Portuguese Speaking Countries (PALOP) and East Timor, from one to three million doses, in the fight against covid- 19.
At the final press conference after the closing of the XIII Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP), António Costa recalled that Portugal had pledged to offer 5% of the total vaccines, but the bills more allow four times as much to be made available.
In the case of the PALOP and Timor-Leste, “we will triple and go from one million to three million the number of vaccines to be distributed. According to the calculation we have of vaccines that we are going to be able to make available”, it will be possible to donate “a total of four million vaccines”.
Therefore, we have another million that we will allocate to other programs, namely we can extend to Brazil, the countries of Latin America or we can simply integrate the Covax mechanism, without any specific recipient”, said Antonio Costa.
The rule becomes freedom of movement and it will change everything in people’s lives
The prime minister said today that the mobility agreement now reached in the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP) reverses the present principle of authorization for the issuance of visas for freedom of movement.
“This mobility agreement will change everything in people’s lives. We all know the complaints about the difficulty and time it takes to obtain visas.” observed Antonio Costa.
Before the journalists, the leader of the Portuguese executive began by noting that, currently, “the rule to be able to circulate in CPLP countries is the need to have authorization through the issuance of a visa”.
Now, according to António Costa, this rule will be reversed.
“In principle there must be authorization, unless there is an expulsion order from the national territory, if there is an interdiction order in the national territory or the criminal record of the citizen raises any doubts in matters of security. Other than that, the rule must be freedom of movement”, highlighted the prime minister.
According to António Costa, this principle will be present in the proposal that the Government will now send to the Assembly of the Republic for the ratification of the mobility agreement in the CPLP and that its executive hopes to see implemented at the beginning of the new legislative session, in September.
“We are going to move from the rule of being subject to authorization to the rule of freedom of movement, subject to restrictions in relation to situations in which there is a ban on entry, a court decision of expulsion or a criminal record with a risk of internal security. The rule becomes one of freedom”, stressed the prime minister.