Brazilian Health Minister Eduardo Pazuello announced this Monday that he hopes to distribute between 25 and 28 million doses of vaccines for COVID-19 in the states this month in order to meet the national vaccination schedule.
This was claimed by the Head of Health Portfolio after a meeting where he discussed issues related to immunizers with the Fiocruz lab, including a weekly unit delivery schedule.
Pazuello has stated that he received 2.5 million doses of immunizers from the Butantane Institute this Monday, while hoping that this week “processes will be adjusted” to ship AstraZeneca vaccines from Fiocruz soon.
In this regard, the minister has indicated that pressure should be put on AstraZeneca to dispense the eight million doses from the Serum Institute of India, which has delayed the dispensing. “So far, only four million have arrived and eight are still missing,” complained the health minister, reports Agencia Brasil.
According to Pazuello, this is the reason to aim for national vaccine production, since “if we do not have production like the one we have today in Butantan and Fiocruz, we cannot carry out mass vaccinations in our country”.
So far, 8,497,929 people have received the first dose of the vaccine and 2,848,847 the second, with a total of more than 11.3 million doses, according to the media consortium analyzing the coronavirus data in Brazil.
According to the Ministry of Health, Brazil added 32,321 new cases this Monday, for a total of 11,051,665.
In the past 24 hours, the country has regretted 987 more deaths from COVID-19, which has seen 266,398 deaths since the pandemic began. During this time, 9,782,320 people were able to recover.