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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