Cape Verde on Friday received the first batch of 24,000 COVAX COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccines and is set to commence its inoculation programme on March 19th, hoping to reach 70% of its population later this year.
“It is a historic day for Cape Verde. It is a great satisfaction to have the vaccines, the first batches already here in Cape Verde, in the city of Praia”, said Prime Minister Ulisses Correia e Silva, as he received the vaccines at Praia airport.
The prime minister said that soon another 80,000 doses of the vaccine from the same pharmaceutical company will arrive, and on March 15, 5,850 doses of Pfizer will arrive, also under the same international mechanism.
Asked about the fact that several European countries have suspended the administration of the AstraZeneca vaccine, the Cape Verdean leader said that there is no scientific evidence of a relationship between cases of strong blood clotting and its application.
“We are following what are the general standards recommended by the WHO and there is no contraindication regarding the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine”, he stressed.
The national plan for the introduction and vaccination against COVID-19 in Cape Verde, also prioritizes people with chronic diseases, the elderly, teachers, hotel professionals, linked to tourism and borders, police, military and firefighters.
Cape Verde has recorded 15,972 coronavirus cases and 155 deaths.