Brazil COVID-19 Vaccination Plan, Criticized as ‘Incompetent’

The Brazilian government has released its plan for a COVID-19 vaccination plan last Dec. 12, but it has been criticized as “incompetent” due to some notable lack of details.

The Brazilian government has released its plan for a COVID-19 vaccination plan last Dec. 12, but it has been criticized as “incompetent” due to some notable lack of details.

Publicly published on Dec. 12, the plan, which the Supreme Court required the administration of President Jair Bolsonaro to submit, said that the target is to vaccinate 70% of the population, but it provided no details on how the number would be achieved.

The plan currently covers only a quarter of the population of 212 million, amounting to 51.6 million people as it claimed that 108 million shots will be available for priority groups, including health workers, people aged over 80, indigenous peoples, and teachers. 

The National Health Surveillance Agency of Brazil has not yet approved the use of any COVID-19 vaccine.

Signed by Health Minister Eduardo Pazuello, the plan did not provide further details on the needed vaccine supplies and when the vaccination program would specifically begin.

Supreme Court Judge Ricardo Lewandowski, who had filed the lawsuit for the government to release a vaccination plan, gave the government a 48-hour deadline to set the starting date of the vaccination.

“Faced with the worst health crisis of our era, this government’s response will be remembered as disastrous in every sense… right up to its vaccination plan,” Brazilian daily newspaper Estado de Sao Paulo wrote, slamming the government for its “lethal incompetence.”

Brazil has recorded the second highest COVID-19 death toll worldwide after the United States, with a total number of 181,419 deaths.


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