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August 15, 21 - 1:04 pm - LABS

Brazil is likely to anticipate second doses of Pfizer vaccine in September

Brazil‘s Health Minister Marcelo Queiroga said on Saturday that the federal government intends to anticipate the application of the second dose of Pfizer‘s vaccines starting in September. Why in September? Because next month the government expects that all people over 18 will have taken at least the first dose.

Currently, 73% of Brazil’s adult population (which means over 117.5 million people) have received the first dose.

Pfizer / BioNTech vial, during vaccination of Olympic athletes in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, last Friday, May 14th. Photo: Fernando Frazão/Agência Brasil

Pfizer does suggest the second dose inoculation to take place 21 days after the first, but the Brazilian government decided to extend the deadline to three months initially due to fears about the timetable for the arrival of the immunizers in the country.

With the regularization of delivery, the Ministry of Health began to study the return to the original deadline but delayed the change until vaccination reached 18 years at the request of state secretaries.