"The country is getting closer to reaching the defined goal of having 70% of the population vaccinated with at least one dose by the month of August," says the Ministry of Health.
More than 6 million doses of vaccine against Covid-19 have been administered in Portugal, with around 3.8 million of those corresponding to first doses and 2.2 million to second doses.
The information was released late on Sunday in a statement by the Ministry of Health that said that 40% of the country’s population (including the regions of Madeira and the Azores) had already received at least one dose of the vaccine and more than 22% was fully inoculated.
In mainland Portugal, almost 95% of people aged 60 and over have received at least one dose of the vaccine; of people aged 50 and over, 81% have.
“The country is thus getting closer to reaching the defined goal of having 70% of the population vaccinated with at least one dose by the month of August,” the statement notes.
On 23 May, an official source from the national Covid-19 vaccination taskforce announced that the country had by the previous day administered more than 5 million doses of vaccine.
In Portugal, there have been 17,034 deaths associated with Covid-19 of 852,646 confirmed cases of infection with the coronavirus that causes it, according to the latest bulletin from the Directorate-General of Health.
Worldwide the pandemic has claimed at least 3,723,381 lives, resulting from over 172 million cases of infection.
The disease is transmitted by the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, detected in late 2019 in Wuhan, a city in central China.