November 16, 21 - 4:37 pm - LABS

Brazil surpasses the United States and has more people fully vaccinated against COVID-19

Brazil has surpassed the United States in the rate of those fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to the platform Our World in Data, from the University of Oxford, England.

On November 15, Brazil reached 59.8% of those vaccinated with the two doses, while in the United States the rate was 57.6%. More than 125 million Brazilians have already got the two shots of the vaccine, according to the consortium of news outlets that gather data directly from the state health secretariats. 

Other Latin American countries that have already surpassed the United States in the proportion of people fully immunized against COVID-19 are Chile (81.8%), Uruguay (75.6)%, and Argentina (60%).

Brazilian Health Ministry announced on Tuesday, 16, that it will extend the booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine for all people over 18 years. The interval for applying the booster dose has been reduced to five months after receiving the second dose.

The government also ruled that people who were immunized with Janssen’s vaccine, initially a single dose, will have to receive a second dose, two months after the first. Only after that, they will also be entitled to a booster dose.