“Madeira has decided on welcoming all the vaccines administered so far worldwide,” Pedro Ramos told reporters at the Funchal Vaccination Centre.

In addition to the vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency, [BioTech Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Janssen], the decision adopted by the Madeira government allows the entry of travellers with vaccines produced by other pharmaceutical companies.

This is the case of SinoPharm or Sinovac (from China), Covaxin (India), Epivaccorona (Russia) or the Sovereign (Cuba).

Talking about the fact that summer is a time for many emigrants to return, Pedro Ramos considered that “the probability of many having had another type of vaccine is also smaller because most countries have adopted vaccines that the European Union has authorized and has been made available to those same countries”.

The government official said that he is not aware of any case, "until now, of the arrival of an emigrant or tourist with another type of vaccine."

“Of course, we are going to take this into account and the PCR test has become the test required at entry and its repetition between the fifth and seventh day for all those who will arrive in Madeira”, he stressed.

Pedro Ramos highlighted that the archipelago's health authorities are “at this moment, following the development of the Delta variant ”.

“We had 10 percent in our transmission chains, now we have increased to 20 percent in the last samples we sent to the National Institute of Health (INSA)”, he indicated.

However Pedro Ramos highlighted that “the region still has no people admitted to the Dr. Nélio Mendonça Hospital”, in Funchal, in the units dedicated to Covid-19.