Pfizer Offers Brazil Millions of COVID-19 Vaccine Doses

Pfizer announced on Thursday morning it had offered to provide Brazil with millions of doses of its COVID-19 vaccine in the first half of 2021, amid evidence that the virus is spreading more rapidly in Latin America’s first economy.

Pfizer announced on Thursday morning it had offered to provide Brazil with millions of doses of its COVID-19 vaccine in the first half of 2021, amid evidence that the virus is spreading more rapidly in Latin America’s first economy. 

Brazil has the third-worst outbreak of COVID-19 in the world by number of cases, after the United States and India.

“Pfizer made a proposal to the Brazilian government, in line with deals we closed in other countries – including in Latin America, that would permit the vaccination of millions of Brazilians in the first half, subject to regulatory approval,” the company said in a statement.

On Wednesday, the Imperial College of London released data showing that the rate of infection in Brazil had accelerated to 1.1, meaning every 100 people with COVID-19 infect 110 people. 

Brazil’s Health Ministry said it met with Pfizer on Tuesday and would buy the vaccine if proven safe and if health regulator Anvisa registered it. 

The ministry pointed out it will also meet this week with Johnson & Johnson, India’s Bharat Biotech and the makers of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine.


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