Portugal could receive 6.9 million coronavirus vaccines through the EU

  • ECO News
  • 19 August 2020

TVI and TSF say Portugal could receive 6.9 million doses of coronavirus vaccines through the centralised purchases the European Commission is making.

The European Commission has closed several agreements with pharmacists in recent weeks for the purchase of millions of doses of coronavirus vaccines as soon as one proves to be effective and safe. This Wednesday, TVI and TSF said Portugal could receive 6.9 million doses of a potential vaccine in the coming years, starting already in 2020 and 2021.

According to the TSF, this number, which could allow vaccinating about two-thirds of the population living in national territory, corresponds to Portugal’s quota of the batch of 300 million vaccines agreed between the Commission and the French laboratory Sanofi-GSK. The EU also has an agreement with AstraZeneca for a further 300 million doses and with Johnson & Johnson for a further 400 million doses.

The purchase of the vaccines will be financed by the Emergency Support Instrument that the European Commission set up during the pandemic, and prices are not yet known.

In his communiqués, Brussels only announced that the vaccines would be for the 27 member states and donations to countries with lower incomes.