Plane with First Doses of Chinese CoronaVac COVID-19 Vaccine Lands in Brazil

The first 120,000 doses of Chinese Sinovac Biotech’s CoronaVac COVID-19 vaccine, which is being tested in Brazil, arrived at the Sao Paulo international airport on Thursday night.

The first 120,000 doses of Chinese Sinovac Biotech’s CoronaVac COVID-19 vaccine, which is being tested in Brazil, arrived at the Sao Paulo international airport on Thursday night.

In a statement, the state government said that the doses arrived after months of negotiations with the Chinese company, pointing out that the doses will be stored in an undisclosed warehouse as the state awaits approval for use in the country by the national health regulator Anvisa.

According to an O Globo report, the cargo is part of a batch of 6 million doses that are currently being imported from China ready for use in January. The TV network said that the cargo of the COVID-19 vaccines arrived in seven refrigerated containers.

During a press conference in Brasilia, Anvisa manager for inspections Ronaldo Gomes told local reporters that the approval of the CoronaVac will not be fully concluded before December 21st, and could take until the first two weeks of January.

He also said that a team of Anvisa inspectors are now in Beijing completing a two-week quarantine period in a hotel before they can visit a Sinovac lab to certify the vaccine for good manufacturing practices required to register it in Brazil.


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