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Covid-19: Angola acquired 3.5 million doses of Sinopharm vaccine

Angola received this Monday 3.5 million doses of Sinopharm vaccine, from China, an acquisition by the Government, within the scope of combating and preventing covid-19, announced the Executive.

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Speaking to the press, the Secretary of State for the Hospital Area, Leonardo Inocêncio, said that with this batch Angola already totals 8.5 million doses of Sinopharm vaccine from China.

Leonardo Inocêncio said that these vaccines are to continue the ongoing vaccination campaign in the country, which aims to cover 60 percent of the target population by the end of this year.

"We are at a good pace, but what we wanted was to appeal to the population to join, because we are already at the 42 percent level of this target we set ourselves," he said.

Until Sunday, the Portuguese-speaking African country registered a total of 65,144 positive cases of covid-19, 1733 deaths and 63,197 recovered, with 214 cases active.

Covid-19 has caused at least 5,193,392 deaths worldwide, among more than 260.44 million infections by the new coronavirus registered since the beginning of the pandemic, according to the most recent report by the Agence France-Presse.

The disease is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, detected in late 2019 in Wuhan, a city in central China.

A new variant, Omicron, was recently detected in South Africa and, according to the World Health Organization, the "high number of mutations" may imply greater infectivity.

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