May 22, 2024


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Brazil rolls out COVID-19 vaccination strategy

By Sabrina Valle

FILE PHOTO: Outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Rio de Janeiro

FILE Photograph: Outbreak of the coronavirus sickness (COVID-19) in Rio de Janeiro

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – The Brazilian governing administration unveiled its lengthy-awaited national vaccination program in opposition to COVID-19 on Saturday with an preliminary aim of vaccinating 51 million folks, or about 1-fourth of the inhabitants, in the 1st fifty percent of 2021.

In a document sent to the Supreme Courtroom, which had given the government a deadline to draw up the strategy, the Health Ministry mentioned 108 million doses will be readily available for priority vaccination of susceptible teams that involve well being workers, elderly individuals and indigenous communities.

a man wearing a suit and tie talking on a cell phone: FILE PHOTO: Pictures of the Year: COVID-19

FILE Image: Photographs of the Calendar year: COVID-19

The program suggests 70% of the populace – or about 148 million of Brazil’s 212 million individuals – have to have to be immunized to end the virus spreading. The present program handles just about 1 third of that objective.


The approach, which claims just about every man or woman will have to have two doses, does not point out a starting day for vaccination of the inhabitants nor does it detail the provides of vaccines that it will want.

Brazil is in the midst of the world’s second-deadliest coronavirus outbreak following the United States, with extra than 180,000 fatalities.

On Thursday, Health Minister Eduardo Pazuello pledged to vaccinate Brazil’s total inhabitants from COVID-19 next year.

The govt of proper-wing President Jair Bolsonaro has been less than stress from point out governors and city mayors for failing to get ready in time for mass immunization or safe a diverse enough offer of vaccines.

Brazil reported 43,900 further verified coronavirus cases in the past 24 hrs and 686 fatalities from COVID-19, bringing complete conditions to 6,880,127 and the loss of life toll to 181,123, the ministry stated on Saturday.

Although Brazil has an enviable report for countrywide vaccination strategies and a robust public health and fitness process, Bolsonaro has regularly denied the gravity of the virus and is a vaccine skeptic who has reported he will not just take a COVID-19 shot.

He has also stated his government will not obtain the vaccine created by China’s Sinovac Biotech Ltd that will most likely be the initially to total late phase trials in Brazil. AstraZeneca, Pfizer Inc, and Johnson & Johnson’s pharmaceutical subsidiary Janssen also have vaccines in Section 3 trials in Brazil.

Bolsonaro’s government is scheduling to established apart 20 billion reais ($4 billion) from its funds to buy COVID-19 vaccines.

A poll by DataFolha posted on Saturday showed that a growing amount of Brazilians – 22% – say they are unwilling to take any COVID-19 vaccine, and most said they would not take a person created by China, as Bolsonaro’s comments stoke skepticism.

(Reporting by Sabrina Valle and Nayara Figueiredo Editing by Nick Zieminski)

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