COVID-19 vaccines will be free for all in Portugal, says health minister

FILE PHOTO: Portugal's Health Minister Marta Temido takes part in a videoconference with EU health ministers in Berlin, German July 16, 2020. Tobias Schwarz/Pool via REUTERS

LISBON (Reuters) - Portugal’s Health Minister Marta Temido said on Thursday the country’s public health service will be responsible for the distribution of vaccines against the coronavirus, which will be free for all.

During an event to present the vaccination strategy, Temido said the country would buy 22 million doses of COVID-19 shots for 200 million euros ($243.14 million).

The head of the drugs regulator Infarmed, Rui Santos Ivo, said Portugal had signed agreements to buy the shots with potential manufacturers CureVac, Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Johnson&Johnson, Sanofi and GSK.

Reporting by Lisbon Bureau, Writing by Catarina Demony, Editing by Andrei Khalip