During a visit to the Alfredo da Costa Maternity Hospital, in Lisbon, where the Nascer Cidadão (Born citizen) counter was reopened today for the registration of newborns, which had been closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Assistant Secretary of State and Health, António Lacerda Sales, confirmed the ongoing negotiation process.

According to Socialist deputy Marcos Perestrello, speaking to CMTV on Sunday, the negotiations would be for the acquisition of 600,000 vaccines and Spain would be included among the countries with which Portugal would be negotiating, something that Lacerda Sales did not confirm. “I have no knowledge and I don't think there are any acquisitions from Spain. Yes, there are acquisitions from Hungary, Italy and we are now in the process of negotiating with Bulgaria for the acquisition of different vaccines, either from Janssen or from AstraZeneca in some situations”, said the Deputy Secretary of State and Health, recalling that Portugal had already purchased 290,000 vaccines from Norway.