Sun, 16 May 2021

LISBON, April 13 (Xinhua) -- The Portuguese Directorate-General for Health (DGS) said Tuesday that nearly 1.6 million people, representing over 15 percent of Portugal's population, have received the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by Sunday.

Since the beginning of the vaccination campaign, more than 600,000 people have received the two doses required for complete immunization, accounting for six percent of the country's population.

The most vaccinated age group so far is that of people aged 80 or over, with 90 percent having received the first dose and 51 percent completed the vaccination.

Among the population aged 65 to 79, a total of 27 percent were inoculated with the first dose and three percent immunized after receiving the second dose.

According to the DGS, Portugal has already received 2,684,460 doses of vaccines against COVID-19 and distributed 2,360,167 doses to vaccination centers throughout the country.

As the world is struggling to contain the pandemic, vaccination is underway in an increasing number of countries with already-authorized coronavirus vaccines.

Globally, 273 candidate vaccines are still being developed -- 87 of them in clinical trials -- in countries including Germany, China, Russia, Britain, and the United States, according to information released by the World Health Organization on Friday.

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