India’s government has released commercial exports of COVID-19 vaccines, and the first shipments will be sent to Brazil and Morocco on Friday, as first reported by Reuters, according to the country’s foreign secretary, Harsh Vardhan Shringla, and confirmed by TV Globo.
The country’s Consulate in São Paulo told G1 that a plane would leave India on Friday and land at Guarulhos airport on Saturday (22). From there, the shipment will be sent to the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz), in Rio de Janeiro, to be labeled and stored.
Brazil was struggling to release a load of 2 million doses of vaccine it bought from the Serum Institute. The Indian government suspended the export of doses until it started its own domestic immunization program last week, delaying Brazil’s plans to start vaccination against the disease.
Fiocruz also expects ingredients to start producing the immunizer locally. But there is no official information on when these inputs will arrive.