Brasilia: Brazil is in talks to purchase as much as 150 million doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for subsequent 12 months, in keeping with a doc despatched by the Health Ministry to a Senate inquiry on Thursday (October 7, 2021).
The doc was shared with the inquiry, which is probing Brazil`s dealing with of the pandemic, after senators requested data on plans for the nation`s vaccination marketing campaign subsequent 12 months.
The Health Ministry mentioned it was negotiating the acquisition of 100 million doses with Pfizer, with a chance of buying one other 50 million doses.
On high of the Pfizer vaccine, Brazil will depend on the Astrazeneca shot which it produces within the nation – at present with imported lively substances.
Brazil has the world`s second-highest COVID-19 loss of life toll, behind solely the United States. President Jair Bolsonaro has been criticized by well being consultants for his mismanagement of the outbreak, railing in opposition to lockdowns and often refusing to put on a masks in public.
Despite a gradual begin, Brazil has ramped up a profitable vaccination marketing campaign. Over 70% of Brazilians have now obtained the primary dose, in comparison with 65% within the United States.