Brazil’s health ministry expects to have at least 150 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines available in the first half of 2021, as reported in London South East.
Arnaldo Medeiros, a health ministry official, said Tuesday that an initial deal to acquire 46 million doses of Sinovac's vaccine could soon be expanded to 100 million doses.
The Sao Paulo state government's Butantan Institute is expected to present data on Wednesday from its late-stage trial of Sinovac’s candidate CoronaVac, which has already begun rolling off its fill-and-finish production line.
The federal government's Fiocruz biomedical center is also expected to begin fill-and-finish of AstraZeneca’s vaccine in the coming months, delivering the first shots on February 8. The ministry expects 104 million doses by June, officials said.
Meanwhile, the ministry is in talks with Pfizer to receive 8 million doses of the vaccine it developed with BioNTech in the first half of 2021.
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