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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Brazilian Health Regulators Approves Import of Chinese Vaccine

Brazil’s health regulators officially authorized on Monday morning the import from Chinese capital Beijing of a potential vaccine against the COVID-19, a couple of days after Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro announced that his government wouldn’t allow doses to be shipped from China.

Brazil’s health regulators officially authorized on Monday morning the import from Chinese capital Beijing of a potential vaccine against the COVID-19, a couple of days after Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro announced that his government wouldn’t allow doses to be shipped from China.

In a statement, the health regulator Anvisa said that Sao Paulo state’s Butantan Institute can import 7 million doses of the CoronaVac shot that China’s company Sinovac is currently developing. The statement pointed out that the potential vaccine cannot be administered to Brazilians as it isn’t yet approved locally.

Last week, President Bolsonaro sparked confusion when he publicly rejected the CoronaVac shot, claiming that Brazilians wouldn’t be used as guinea pigs. The declaration followed news that Brazil’s health minister Eduardo Pazuello had agreed to purchase CoronaVac doses.

On Friday, the executive secretary of Brazil’s Health Ministry Antonio Elcio said in a televised statement that there had been a misunderstanding. “There is no intention to buy vaccines from China,” Elcio said, adding that there will be only “a Brazilian vaccine” made at the Butantan Institute.

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