The federal government, through the Ministry of Health, announced that it will distribute more than 4 million doses of vaccines to fight the Covid-19 pandemic. The immunizing agents, produced by Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz) should arrive in all capitals until dawn this Thursday (10).

By determination of the National Immunization Plan (PNI), states and municipalities must prioritize the elderly, people with comorbidities, people with permanent disabilities, basic education workers, port workers and air transport workers, security and rescue forces and members of the Armed Forces, riverine peoples, indigenous peoples and quilombolas.

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Headquarters of the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz), in Rio de Janeiro; The institution has a contract for the production of a Covid-19 vaccine under development by the University of Oxford.
Image: Peter Iliciev

Headquartered in Rio de Janeiro, Fiocruz, a scientific institution linked to the Ministry of Health, is responsible, in Brazil, for manufacturing the vaccine that was developed through a partnership between the University of Oxford and the British pharmaceutical AstraZeneca, after a technology transfer agreement signed last year.

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Fiocruz has delivered more than 50 million vaccines to the PNI

Last week, Fiocruz surpassed the mark of more than 50 million vaccines against Covid-19 delivered to the PNI. In this volume, there are 4 million doses that were imported ready-made from India and started arriving in the country in January, before Brazilian production started. 

Large-scale manufacturing at Fiocruz's Institute of Technology in Immunobiologicals (Bio-Manguinhos) began in March.

AstraZeneca logo with a Covid-19 vaccine sample
Ministry of Health informs that Fiocruz has already surpassed the mark of 50 million doses delivered to the National Immunization Plan. Image: Radowitz/Shutterstock

Even today (9), the Ministry of Health guarantees that it will complete the distribution of 2,3 million doses of the vaccine produced in partnership by the companies Pfizer and BioNTech. This batch of imported immunizing agents began arriving in the states at the beginning of the week.

According to data from Find SUS, a platform administered by the Ministry of Health, 74,5 million doses have already been applied across the country. So far, 23,4 million have completed the vaccination scheme with the two doses, which represents about 11% of the Brazilian population, which places the country in 66th place in the world ranking of vaccination.

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