February 17, 21 - 11:23 am - LABS

Brazilian cities suspend vaccination against COVID-19 due to lack of doses

At least four Brazilian capitals may suspend vaccination against COVID-19 this week due to lack of stock. So far, 5.5 million people have been vaccinated in Brazil, which corresponds to 2.6% of the population.

The municipalities of Rio de Janeiro, Salvador and Cuiabá have already informed about the suspension of the administration of the first dose until new batches of vaccine arrive; in Curitiba, there are enough vaccines only until Friday 19th. The schedule for the application of the second dose is maintained for the time being; the remaining doses are reserved for the second shot in healthcare workers.

According to reported by Exame, other capitals face difficulties with the shortage of vaccines. Florianópolis reported having only 1,390 doses; Porto Alegre, on the other hand, still has 11,000 doses, but needs more than 33,000 to complete the immunization of the target audience. São Paulo did not inform the available stock.

The representative association of Brazilian municipalities released a note in which it attributed the vaccines shortage to “successive mistakes by the federal government” and charged a schedule with vaccination deadlines and targets from the Ministry of Health.

The Ministry of Health reported on its website that it purchased 54 million doses of Coronavac, which still need to be produced by the Butantan Institute; and that, until December, the country will receive 42.5 million doses of vaccines provided by COVAX, the World Health Organization‘s global initiative to ensure rapid and equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines for all countries.