The Mozambican deputy minister of health, Lídia Cardoso, said today that the vaccines donated to Mozambique today come “at an opportune time”, because the country is experiencing a third wave of infections.
“This donation arrives in our country at an opportune moment, at a time when the country is being hit by a third wave of covid-19“, he explained, at Maputo Airport, during the reception of 50,000 doses of Vaxzevria (AstraZeneca) vaccine offered by Portugal.
They were the first to be delivered, on the same day that another 108,000 will be donated by the Covax mechanism, thanks to French support.
“Since mid-June, the number of new infections has increased sharply,” said the official.
In just four days, the number of deaths in July rose on Sunday to 26, thus surpassing the total recorded in May (22), which had been the month with the lowest number of cases and deaths per covid-19 since the peak of 274 deaths and more than 20,000 infections in February.
Vaccines “must be combined with other prevention measures”, otherwise they will not be effective, he stressed.
The Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and Portuguese Cooperation, Francisco André, highlighted that Mozambique is the “largest recipient of Portuguese cooperation” and, in the specific case of the fight against covid-19, the batch of vaccines delivered today is the first.
“We are working so that a similar second batch can follow in the short term,” he said.
On the other hand, he hopes that an “identical shipment” will be conducted for “other cooperation partner countries”, still “during this month and during the summer”, considering that this is a pandemic that must be managed together.
“We have a relationship of solidarity and a special relationship between our countries”, he said at today’s ceremony, at Maputo airport, noting that the relationship should be “deepened in the most diverse areas”.
“We have to be present in times that are difficult for each other”, he stressed.
Mozambique has a cumulative total of 904 deaths and 80,151 cases of covid-19, 89% of which recovered.
A pandemic of covid-19 caused at least 3,974,841 deaths worldwide, resulting from more than 183.4 million cases of infection by the new coronavirus, according to the most recent balance made by the agency France Presse.
The respiratory disease is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, detected in late 2019 in Wuhan, a city in central China, and currently with variants identified in countries such as the United Kingdom, India or South Africa.
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