Portugal delivers 110,000 doses of the Astrazeneca vaccine against covid-19 to Mozambique on Wednesday, the Portuguese government announced this Tuesday.

With this new delivery, the vaccines donated by Portugal to Mozambique amount to 160,000″, as part of the political commitment to donate to African Countries of Portuguese Official Language (PALOP) and East Timor at least 5% of the vaccines acquired by Portugal, explains in a statement.

The donation takes place at a time when Mozambique wants to speed up vaccination.

Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi announced on Thursday that 1.7 million people have already been vaccinated, ie 10% of the population that the government intends to cover by the end of 2022.

The head of state said that despite the difficulties in making vaccines available, “efforts continue and aim at vaccinating, from October to December, citizens aged over 30 across the country, in an estimated population of seven million” .

The country peaked in the third wave in July and has since recorded a consistent reduction in all epidemiological indicators.

Mozambique has a cumulative total of 1,912 deaths and 150,572 covid-19 cases, of which 97% recovered and 33 hospitalized.

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