"The HPV vaccine exists in the private sector, but at a very high cost. The problem was linked to the fact that until recently it was produced in small quantities, a situation that has changed, as it is now produced in large quantities, allowing us to obtain it at reduced prices," he said, quoted by Angop.
Thus, according to the official, the Government intends to make a vaccine available to the public more easily, reducing the high costs applied in the private sphere.
With regard to the malaria vaccine, the minister informed that the same effort is being made with a view to obtaining it, within the scope of collaborations with multilateral organizations and the United Nations System, writes Angop.
Among other challenges, Sílvia Lutucuta took the opportunity to indicate the achievement of the goal of zero doses, with the vaccination of all children, as well as the reinforcement of the operational cold chains of the vaccination campaigns and commitment to investment and training.
The minister also said that, for this, the country has the support of Gavi and other partners, noting that between 2000 and 2017 Angola was classified as a middle-income country, which led the Government to bear all the expenses with the vaccine, writes the Angop.
In addition, he also took the opportunity to point out that João Lourenço is being considered a 'vaccination champion', according to international recognition for his commitments to achieving the degree of immunization against covid-19, whose recognition, he added, comes in favor of dedication in the fight against covid-19 and in special assistance in the social field.
It should be noted that the President of the Republic left the country this Monday for Spain to mark his presence at the Global Conference on the Impact of Vaccination, promoted by Gavi, which concerns the "Global Alliance for Vaccines, a multilateral body that deals with management of vaccines around the world and has the Portuguese President Durão Barroso since 2020".
According to a note from the Presidency of the Republic, which VerAngola had access to, João Lourenço "was invited to participate" in the conference, "taking into account his very prominent involvement in vaccination against covid-19 in Africa".
"The President of the Republic of Angola should take the floor at this meeting of the Global Alliance for Vaccines, GAVI, in Spain", reads the note.