Augusto Santos Silva added that these are the vaccines that have already been delivered and that the Government is committed to delivering, “until to the beginning of next year”, more than six million vaccines.

The minister recalled that Portugal has put into practice, since the beginning of the country's vaccination process, a multilateral and bilateral cooperation program focused on donating and supporting the administration of anti-covid-19 vaccines.

Vaccines are donated through the COVAX program, a mechanism promoted by the World Health Organization to ensure equitable distribution of vaccines, as well as through bilateral cooperation, he explained.

"As we speak, 3.7 million vaccines have already been donated by Portugal. Of these 3.7 million, three million have been donated to Portuguese-speaking African countries. This is a very big effort", said the head of diplomacy Portuguese.

Santos Silva recalled that in May the Government pledged to donate 5% of the vaccines it received, which then represented around one million vaccines, and recalled that in July the Prime Minister announced that this amount would be tripled.