The Ministry of Health announced on Thursday (20) that a batch of 4 million doses of the Oxford / AstraZeneca vaccine against Covid-19 is expected to arrive in the country in the third quarter of the year through the Kovacs facility consortium, and therefore, it will be sent to Brazil in June.
According to the volume, forecasting of doses will be clarified by the Department of Health in partnership with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).
Brazil’s agreement with the consortium, an initiative led by the World Health Organization, provides for more than 42 million doses this year.
The Kovacs Facility Consortium is a global effort by the Alliance to Advance Innovations for Epidemic Preparedness (Cepi), the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (Gavi), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and the World Health Organization (WHO). ) And the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).
The initiative is encountering difficulties
In an interview with CNN In May of this year, Medic and Assistant Director of Opas Jarbas Barbosa said that the Covax Facility consortium had problems delivering scheduled doses to countries, such as Brazil, that joined the program.
The Covax mechanism has encountered difficulties, like many people around the world, with the delivery of vaccines. Garbas said in an interview with one of the world’s largest vaccine producers, the Vaccine Institute, in India, that he has no government-authorized exports. CNN.
Due to the worsening epidemic in India, the consortium has to run a shortfall of 140 million doses, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), one of the organization’s partners.
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said in a statement that it expects Kovacs to have delivered 170 million doses of vaccines this week, but lack of supplies from India – home to the Serum Institute in India, the largest vaccine manufacturer in the world – has led to a “dangerous” situation. . Reducing the immunity available to the vaccine deployment plan.
Despite the problems, US Covid Global Coordinator Gail Smith said on Wednesday (19) that the country will donate a large number of vaccines against Covid-19 through the Covax scheme.
The President of the United States, Joe Biden, announced Monday (17) that his government will send by the end of June a total of 20 million doses of Pfizer / Bio-Ntech, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines, in addition to 60 million. AstraZeneca doses that he had already planned to introduce to other countries.