Today (22) the Ministry of Health announced that it will send states and municipalities one million doses of the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine against Covid-19 next May. Initially, 500,000 doses will be distributed at the beginning of the month for the first dose. A week later, a new shipment will be sent along with another 500,000 doses.
Last week, Health Minister Marcelo Quiroga announced that Pfizer would deliver two million doses of immune system doses to Brazil in the first half. The Brazilian government has entered into a contract with the pharmaceutical company to deliver 100 million doses by the end of 2021. According to Quiroga, 15.5 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine are guaranteed for April, May and June.
The Ministry of Health directive is that government health departments give priority to cities with cold rooms. This is because the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine requires special storage temperatures.
Under normal conditions, it should be kept in an environment from -90 ° C to -60 ° C. Anvisa allows this level to be made more flexible, allowing for flexibility from -25 to -15 degrees. However, this condition can only occur for up to 14 days.
Once removed from refrigerators and placed in the national cold chain, which ranges from 2 ° C to 8 ° C, health teams have up to five days to apply without the risk of harming the immune system.
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