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MESSK: Universities and schools will reopen after all students and lecturers get vaccinated

MESSK: Universities and schools will reopen after all students and lecturers get vaccinated

DILI, 14 june 2021, (TATOLI) – The Minister of Higher Education, Science, and Culture (MESSK), Longuinhos dos Santos informed that when all students, lecturers, and the university staff members were vaccinated then the MESSK would coordinate with the Ministry of Health to reopen schools and universities in Timor-Leste.

“Today, we have launched the Sinovac Vaccination Campaign. So, I would like to call on all lecturers, university staff, and students to get vaccinated. If the 77,000 individuals, consisting of lecturers, university staff members and students are vaccinated, then we will discuss the strategies of resuming the teaching and learning activities in the country,” Dos Santos made the comments after the launching ceremony of the Sinovac Vaccination Campaign, at the National University of Timor-Lorosa’e (UNTL), today.

Dos Santos said vaccination was the only way to combat the coronavirus, therefore, all university students, including those students who had left for the municipalities were obliged to get vaccinated.

At the same place, the Rector of the National University of Timor-Lorosa’e (UNTL), João Soares Martins also urged the lecturers, faculty staff, and all university students in the country to get vaccinated, saying it was the only solution to resume the teaching and learning process in the country.

In addition, speaking at the launching ceremony of the Sinovac Vaccination Campaign, the Chinese Ambassador to Timor-Leste, Xiao Jianguo said he was glad as the Sinovac vaccines can be helpful for an earlier restoration of the teaching and learning process of universities in Timor-Leste.

“I learned that the main target population of Sinovac vaccine in Timor-Leste is lecturers, faculty staff members, and university students,” said Jianguo.

He called on young Timorese people and students to follow the government instructions to get vaccinated without any hesitation.

“WHO approved the Sinovac vaccine for emergency use early this month, which means the vaccine meets international standards for safety, efficiency, and manufacturing. As of end-May, Sinovac distributed 600 million doses of its vaccine at home and also in other countries, namely Brazil, Indonesia, Hungary, Mexico, Thailand, and Turkey. It is more reliable in safety and less likely to cause serious side effects,” said Jianguo.

Four vaccination centers had been set for those eligible groups to get vaccinated, including one at UNTL campus, one at the Institute of Business (IOB) campus, another one at Chinese Association Center in Fatuhada neighborhood, and the last one at the Secretary of State for Youth and Sport (SEJD).

So far, the Chinese government had supported Timor-Leste with 100,000 doses of the Chinese Sinovac vaccines.

 

Journalist: Filomeno Martins

Editor: Nelia Borges Rosario

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