Luanda – Angola Tuesday received 100,620 doses of the Pfizer vaccine, making it the third African country to receive a batch of the manufacturer’s vaccines.

The vaccines were acquired as part of the Covax initiative, taking into account the conditions required for conservation in ultra cold and handling chambers.

In this regard, the Minister of Health, Sílvia Lutucuta, said that these vaccines are directed to taxi drivers, bus drivers and people from the strategic industry, who are also part of the first stage of vaccination.

For the vaccination process, Angola has already acquired six million doses of Sputnik V and received, via the Covx initiative and the Chinese government, 824,000 doses from Astrazeneca and Sinopharma.

By the last 24 hours, Angola had vaccinated 1,7 million citizens since the start of the process in March 2020.

Of these, 706,173 have received the first dose and 294,577 the second dose.

The vaccination plan underway aims to immunise around 15.7 million Angolans over the age of 16, and reduce mortality and the number of cases of Covid-19, as well as allowing for the resumption of normal economic and social activities.

In Angola, the vaccination campaign against Covid-19 started last March. In the first phase, it covered health professionals, defence and security forces, the elderly, people with comorbidities, teachers, people over 40 years old, among other exposed people.

In the country, the first two positive cases of Covid-19 were announced on 21 March 2020.

Source: Angola Press News Agency