Portugal says will have enough COVID-19 jabs for the whole population - (This is Money via NewsPoints Desk)

  • Portugal will have enough COVID-19 vaccines to inoculate its entire population, with distribution kicking off as soon as they arrive, the head of the vaccination task-force said on Wednesday, as reported in This is Money.

  • Vaccination chief Francisco Ramos said that there would be three main distribution points across the country, including in the Azores and Madeira islands. The nation hopes to vaccinate nearly 10% of the population during the first phase.

  • Ramos confirmed that vaccination would be free and voluntary.

  • Portugal plans to buy 22 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines and has signed purchase agreements with CureVac, Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, Sanofi and GSK.

  • The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is expected to arrive three days after the EU drug regulator is set to approve it on December 21, Ramos said.

  • Priority will be given to those over 50 with pre-existing conditions, frontline professionals, as well as people in care homes and intensive care units. 

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