Prime Minister Taur Matan Ruak encourages citizens to take the COVID-19 vaccine

Tue. 06 of April of 2021, 18:51h

The Prime Minister, Taur Matan Ruak has once again reaffirmed that he is ready to be the first to be vaccinated with the AstraZeneca vaccine, against COVID-19, and encouraged all citizens to do the same, to increase their immunity against the Virus SARS-CoV-2 and thus avoid cases of death, since, so far, health experts do not know when or how this pandemic will stop.

 “This vaccine will allow our citizens to increase their ability to fight this disease, thereby preventing the death of many people. COVID-19 is the enemy of all of us, we can’t let it beat us in this battle. Let’s all together fight COVID-19!”, referred the Prime Minister.

On the same occasion, the Head of Government thanked the support and cooperation of the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF, and all development partners during this process, which allowed Timor-Leste to receive, in this second week of April, the first shipment of 24,000 doses of the vaccine, through the COVAX system.

The Chief of the Executive assured that the Government is making every effort to obtain the next shipments so that all Timorese can get vaccinated and be free of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

Finally, the Head of Government thanked and congratulated the Vice Prime Minister, Dr. Armanda Berta dos Santos, for the effort leading the Interministerial Commission that deals with vaccination issues, that, while facing several difficulties, managed to get the AstraZeneca vaccine to actually reach Timor-Leste in the second week of April.