Brazil has 30 million doses of vaccines against Covid insured in April, says minister

Health Minister Marcelo Queiroga said on Saturday that Brazil has 30 million doses of vaccines against Covid-19 insured for April that will be provided by the Butantan Institute and the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz), which will allow the country to comply the goal of vaccinating 1 million people a day.

Queiroga had said on Wednesday that Butantan and Fiocruz would deliver fewer vaccines this month due to delays, but the two immunization manufacturers denied problems with the April schedule.

This Saturday, the minister confirmed the number of 30 million and reiterated the goal of vaccinating 1 million people a day.

“The first objective is that in April we will be able to continue every day with this 1 million doses. To that end, we note that the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation and the Butantan Institute assure us 30 million doses in the month of April,” Queiroga told reporters, after participate in a virtual meeting with the director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

“Thirty million doses we already have certain, this ensures that the goal of 1 million people a day will be met,” he added.

The minister cited a survey by a consortium of press outlets that pointed out that Brazil vaccinated more than 1 million people on Thursday, totaling more than 18.8 million people vaccinated with the first dose in the country – the equivalent of 8 , 9% of the population.

Official data from the ministry, which suffer from a delay in registering municipalities, point out that 16.1 million people received the first dose, which is equivalent to 7.6 of the population.

The minister said that the meeting with the WHO dealt with the possibility of anticipating the sending of doses of vaccines to Brazil through the Covax consortium, which is co-led by the WHO.

Despite having 30 million doses guaranteed this month, the number is lower than what had been promised by the government, since Anvisa refused the ministry’s request to import 8 million doses of the Indian vaccine Covaxin, after the manufacturer Bharat Biotech did not have obtained a certificate of good manufacturing practices from the regulatory agency. The ministry had included the vaccine in the calculations, even without any guarantee of regulatory approval.

Queiroga also reiterated the import of measures that prevent the circulation of the virus, contrary to what was defended by President Jair Bolsonaro, who again criticized on Saturday the closure of economic activities by governors.


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