Brazil will receive a first batch of 3 million doses of the single-shot Johnson Johnson vaccine against COVID 19 in the next few days, Health Minister Marcelo Queiroga said on Thursday.
Queiroga said export of the vaccines developed by J&J subsidiary Janssen requires authorization by the United States Food and Drug Administration.
Of course, if FDA decisions are delayed, these 3 million doses may no longer be useful due to the short time, he said testifying before a Brazilian commission of inquiry into the Brazilian handling of the pandemic.
This batch of vaccines expires on June 27. Queiroga said they would have to be administered very fast in Brazil's national immunization program before they expire.
Brazil signed an agreement with Queiroga to deliver 38 million doses in the first quarter of this year, so the last batch is coming earlier than expected, Janssen said.
The government is being investigated for delays in securing timely vaccines by the Senate commission, which politicians blame on far right President Jair Bolsonaro's anti-vaccine view.
Brazil has been hit by the second most deadly outbreak of COVID 19 outside the United States and is behind most countries in vaccinating its population of 210 million.
So far only 14.5% have been fully vaccinated with two doses mainly CoronaVac, developed by China's Sinovac Biotech Ltd. and the vaccines developed by AstraZeneca and Pfizer Inc.
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