July 07, 21 - 9:25 am - Reuters

Conmebol to donate 20,000 doses of CoronaVac vaccine to Brazil

The South American Soccer Confederation (Conmebol) will donate 20,000 doses of Chinese Sinovac‘s COVID-19 vaccine CoronaVac to Brazil, the sports entity said.

The announcement comes amid the Copa America being held in Brazil. The final of the tournament between the national teams of Brazil and Argentina is scheduled for Saturday at the Rio’s Maracanã stadium.

The staging of the competition was threatened after Argentina and Colombia, who were going to jointly host the event, withdrew from holding it. Colombia argued the strong social tensions it was experiencing, while Argentina said it could not host the tournament because of the COVID-19 pandemic situation in the country.

Faced with the impasse, the government of Brazil‘s President Jair Bolsonaro and the Brazilian Soccer Confederation (CBF) made Brazil available to host Copa America, despite the country having the most serious COVID-19 picture in South America and the second-highest number of deaths from the disease in the world, after the U.S.

According to Conmebol, the donation of the vaccine doses will be materialized in the coming days.

“With this gesture of solidarity with the Brazilian people, Conmebol seeks to make a recognition to the country that hosts the Copa America 2021,” the entity said in a statement.

Conmebol received in April this year a donation of 50,000 doses of the Chinese immunizer and in May began a campaign to vaccinate players, coaches, referees, and assistants.

Of the 20,000 doses that will be donated, Conmebol estimates that 5,000 will be distributed for soccer sector and the rest will go to the Brazilian government.

(Translated by LABS)