Portugal will make available to Timor-Leste a batch of vaccines against COVID-19, in a total of 12,000 doses, accompanied by the necessary material to enable its administration, namely syringes and needles. The delivery to the Timorese authorities will take place tomorrow, when the commercial flight that left Lisbon today lands in Dili.
This action concludes the first cycle of vaccines dispatches to all Portuguese-speaking African countries and East Timor as part of the political commitment to make available to those countries, which are our main cooperation partners, at least 5% of the vaccines against COVID-19 acquired by Portugal. This initiative is also part of the second phase of the Action Plan in the health response to the COVID-19 pandemic between Portugal and Portuguese-speaking African countries and East Timor.
The operationalization of this action is the result of the joint effort of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, namely through Camões - Institute for Cooperation and Language and the Portuguese Embassy in Dili, and the Ministry of Health, through the Directorate General of Health (DGS), the National Authority of Medicines and Health Products and the Task Force of the National Vaccination Plan against COVID-19 in Portugal.