- The expiry date of this vaccine batch is 27th June
- The health minister further said that in the national immunization program of Brazil, they would have to be administered “very fast”
- Till the last quarter of this year, Brazil signed an agreement with Janssen to receive 38 million vaccine doses for delivery
Health Minister of Brazil, Marcelo Queiroga said that Brazil will get the first batch of 3 million doses of the single-shot Johnson & Johnson (JNJ.N) Covid-19 vaccine. Queiroga said that the US Food and Drug Administration’s authorization is still required for the exportation of J&J’s Janssen subsidiary-developed vaccines.
Before a Senate commission of inquiry into the Brazilian governments’ handling of the Covid pandemic, Queiroga testified by saying that due to short time, those 3 million doses may no longer be useful for them if the decision of the FDA is delayed.
The health minister further said that in the national immunization program of Brazil, they would have to be administered “very fast” as the expiry date of this vaccine batch is 27th June.
Queiroga added that till the last quarter of this year, Brazil signed an agreement with Janssen to receive 38 million vaccine doses for delivery, so the first batch is arriving earlier than expected.
The Senate committee is investigating the government for delays in securing timely vaccines, which politicians blame on the anti-vaccine view of far-right President Jair Bolsonaro.
The second-deadliest COVID-19 outbreak outside of the United States has hit Brazil and is behind most nations in vaccinating its population of 210 million.
Mainly, with Sinovac Biotech Ltd of China-made CoronaVac and AstraZeneca and Pfizer Inc developed vaccines, only 14.5% of people have been fully vaccinated with two doses so far.
Since the pandemic began, Brazil has now registered 17,037,129 Covid-19 cases, in the 3rd worst outbreak of the world outside the United States and India and according to ministry data, 476,792 people have died of COVID-19.