Brazil receives the second batch of Oxford-AstraZeneca imported from Serum Institute, India
February 24, 2021, 10:58:34 AM
Brasil: To continue the Covid-19 Vaccination Operationalization Plan across the country, this Tuesday (23), the Ministry of Health received two million more doses of Oxford / AstraZeneca vaccines imported by the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz ) from the Serum Institute, in India, one of the centres producing the immunizer.
This is the second batch of doses imported from India that the country receives to expand vaccination among priority groups. In January, Brazil had already received 2 million doses of the immunizer produced in India. The new amount adds up to 11.8 million doses already distributed by the Federal Government to vaccinate Brazilians. The doses are delivered to the states, which, in turn, organize shipping logistics to the municipalities.
On Brazilian soil, in compliance with regulatory standards, vaccines will undergo quality and safety checks, in addition to labelling - with the labelling of boxes with information in Portuguese - at the Institute of Technology in Immunobiologicals (Bio-Manguinhos / Fiocruz).
The initiative to import more doses is part of a strategy parallel to the production of vaccines in Brazil, with the objective of increasing the supply of immunizing agents in view of the epidemiological picture of Covid-19 in the country.
Distribution of doses
On February 27, Brazil should also receive two more batches of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (IFA), with the equivalent of input for the production of about 12 million doses of the Oxford vaccine by Fiocruz, in Brazil.
From the end of February to July this year, the Ministry of Health plans to distribute to the states more than 230.7 million doses of vaccines against Covid-19. According to Minister Eduardo Pazuello, the doses guarantee the continuity of vaccination of the Brazilian population on an equal and free basis. "By July 31, we will total almost 231 million doses of vaccines against Covid-19, that is, enough to provide more protection for the population against this disease", he assured.
Distribution of syringes and needles
To give more transparency to the actions of the Federal Government in dealing with Covid-19 in the country, the Ministry of Health launched the syringe and needle distribution panel, within the LocalizaSUS platform. The tool allows the population to consult information on the distribution of inputs to the states.
To date, more than 18 million syringes and needles have been distributed to support states and municipalities in the vaccination campaign. Of the total, 9.5 million were from syringes and 8.5 million needles. On the panel, you can see how much each state received from these materials to immunize the population.
The delivery schedule of the products was prepared according to the industrial production capacity and the stocks already available in the states.
The measure is one of the actions of the Federal Government to support states and municipalities in coping with the disease. The Ministry of Health has centralized the acquisition of supplies, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and lung ventilators, as strategic support.
Brazil is the sixth country that most applied doses against the disease in the world, according to a ranking released last week by the platform Our World in Data, from the University of Oxford (United Kingdom), which follows the evolution of vaccination against the disease in all countries. countries with ongoing campaigns.
The country stands out ahead of others who started immunization before, such as Germany, France and Italy. First, there are the United States (52.9 million), followed by China (40.5 million), the United Kingdom (15.8 million), India (8.72 million) and Israel (6.6 million).
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