The Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on Monday (12) that Brazil will receive 842,400 doses of Pfizer vaccine Against A. Covid-19 In June this year, in a shipment of Kovacs facilityInternational Vaccine Distribution Consortium.
The Ministry of Health has 42.5 million vaccine doses contracted with the consortium. Of these, more than one million doses of the AstraZeneca / Oxford vaccine have been delivered through the initiative. Others will be delivered depending on the WHO (WHO) definition, which it really is Under pressure from the Brazilian states To speed up the delivery process in Brazil.
Also on Monday, President of the Senate and Federal Chamber, Rodrigo Pacheco (DIM-MG) and Arthur Lyra (P-America) Promote the request to the World Health Organization to give priority to Brazil In the consortium shipments, taking into account the “tragic situation”, in the words of Pacheco, of the epidemic in the country.
Pfizer’s dose of 842,400 doses is not actually part of the 100 million doses Leased by the Ministry of Health, Which should be delivered in two shipments, according to the latest update of the volumes schedule: 13.5 million by May of this year, followed by another 86.4 million doses in August.
Like the Covax facility, Pfizer has also received requests from Brazilian authorities to anticipate delivery of products. At the end of March, the Minister of Health, Marcelo Quiroga, asked the pharmaceutical company to provide “in the short term”, 50 million vaccines are ordered To the government.
He appealed to the minister, “We need to expand our vaccination capacity now. I urge you to make joint efforts to ensure these vaccines as soon as possible.”