December 09, 20 - 12:06 pm - LABS

Brazil’s Health Minister said that emergency vaccination in Brazil may start in December or January

The announcement that the state of São Paulo will start vaccination against COVID-19 in January 2021 with the Chinese’s Sinovac vaccine increased pressure from governors and Congress on President Jair Bolsonaro to offer a quick response to vaccinate Brazilians.

In an exclusive interview with CNN on Wednesday, Health Minister Eduardo Pazuello said that vaccination against COVID-19 in Brazil with the immunizer developed by Pfizer/ BioNTech may start between December and January.

At a meeting on Tuesday with Health Minister Eduardo Pazuello, the country’s governors called for a national plan to prevent a rush by residents of other states to São Paulo, O Globo said. This national immunization plan may be presented on Wednesday.

“If we close the contract with Pfizer and if Pfizer obtains emergency authorization and Pfizer advances us some delivery, it could happen in late December or in January,” he said.

This period would be valid only in the case of an emergency authorization. To obtain the registration, it would depend on the development and approval of Anvisa. Pazuello said that Anvisa should take 60 days to approve the use of any vaccine in Brazil, according to DW Brasil.