Brazil Health Ministry expects at least 150 mln vaccine doses by June - (London South East via NewsPoints Desk)

  • 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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