January 26, 21 - 10:41 am - LABS

Chinese government releases batch shipment with 5.4k liters of inputs for manufacturing CoronaVac in Brazil

On Monday, the Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro changed his usual tone of criticism against China. On Twitter, he thanked the Chinese government’s decision to release a batch of inputs of CoronaVac, the Chinese Sinovac vaccine against SARS-Cov -2, for Brazil.

With the arrival of 5,400 liters of IPA (Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient), the Butantan Institute – Sinovac’s local partner and also an institute linked to the Sao Paulo State government – estimates that it will produce 8.5 million doses of CoronaVac.

Also, on Monday, Economy Minister Paulo Guedes defended the “mass vaccination” against COVID-19 as something crucial for the country’s economic recovery – a message that must also have reached the Chinese government.

CoronaVac’s emergency use was approved by Brazil’s health regulator on January 17, alongside the Oxford/AstraZeneca immunizer. On the same day, Sao Paulo’s governor João Doria, inoculated the first person with CoronaVac – increasing the rivalry with Bolsonaro – the president often referred to the immunizer as “the Chinese vaccine for Doria”.