The Health Ministry reported that Brazil will receive 34.5 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines in May. The forecast is for batches of Oxford/Fiocruz, CoronaVac/Butantan, Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines, as well as those received by the COVAX consortium, an initiative led by the World Health Organization (WHO) that aims to ensure more equal access to vaccines.
According to the Health Ministry, since the beginning of the vaccination program 59.8 million doses have already been distributed to the states. According to the consortium formed by the newspapers Folha, UOL, O Estado de S. Paulo, Extra, O Globo e G1, 47.3 million doses have already been given (but considering the first and second shots, that is, the number of people immunized is less than that).
In an attempt to speed up vaccination, health regulator Anvisa authorized the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz) to produce the pharmaceutical input needed to manufacture the Astrazeneca/Oxford vaccine, which here in Brazil is produced by Fiocruz. Until then, Fiocruz received inputs from China.