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Filipinos in Brazil to receive Covid vaccine, says envoy

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Filipinos in Brazil to receive Covid vaccine, says envoy

FILIPINOS in Brazil will be included in the country’s mass immunization program against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), according to Brazilian Ambassador to the Philippines Jose Maria De Souza.

Souza shared the information during his courtesy call to Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. on February 16.

As of 2018 there are about 4,000 Filipinos living in the South American country.

Souza said that the schedule of the inoculations “will be determined by age,” the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said in a statement on Monday.

The ambassador said that all members of the Filipino community in Brazil will be inoculated with Covid-19 vaccine “as part of the universal coverage of its healthcare system.”

Meanwhile, Locsin thanked Brazil for facilitating the delivery of six A-29B Super Tuscano aircraft manufactured by EMBRAER company of Brazil in October 2020, which he said will contribute to the modernization efforts of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

Locsin also noted the strong presence of the International Container Terminal Services, Inc. in Brazil, which he hopes will usher in more large-scale investments between Manila and Brasília.

Brazil will celebrate in 2021 the 75th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations with the Philippines.