World Brazil embraces Chinese Covid vaccine after row

11:10  21 october  2020
11:10  21 october  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Brasília, Brazil , Jul 22 - A Chinese -made vaccine against the new coronavirus entered the final stage of testing Tuesday in Brazil , where volunteers Sao Paulo State Governor Joao Doria displays the COVID -19 vaccine produced by Chinese company Sinovac Biotech during its trials in Brazil © AFP

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Health Minister Eduardo Pazuello said the federal government had reached a deal with Sao Paulo state, which is helping test and produce the vaccine, to buy 46 million doses to be administered starting in January.

"This vaccine will be Brazil's vaccine," in addition to another developed by Oxford University and pharmaceutical firm AstraZeneca, Pazuello told a video meeting of the South American country's 27 governors.

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Brazilian health regulator Anvisa on Friday approved clinical trials of a potential coronavirus vaccine developed by China 's Sinovac, according to an official gazette publication. Anvisa's approval comes after Brazil surpassed 1.5 million confirmed cases of COVID -19, according to Health Ministry data

Brazil will begin advanced clinical testing of a Chinese -made vaccine against the new coronavirus Tuesday, issuing the first doses to around 900 volunteers A handout picture released by the Sao Paulo State Government shows the cargo shipment of COVID -19 vaccines produced by the Chinese

"That's our big news. This is going to recalibrate the process" of eventually vaccinating Brazil's population against Covid-19, which has claimed more lives here than any country except the United States.

CoronaVac, developed by Chinese pharmaceutical firm Sinovac Biotech, has been caught up in a messy battle in Brazil.

Far-right President Jair Bolsonaro had labelled it the vaccine from "that other country," and resisted using it, pushing for the Oxford vaccine instead.

Sao Paulo Governor Joao Doria, a top Bolsonaro opponent, meanwhile pushed a deal between Sinovac and Brazil's Butantan Institute to test and produce the vaccine in his state.

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More than 6 months after the first COVID -19 case was confirmed in Brazil , the pandemic is still raging, now At least four vaccine candidates, produced by Western and Chinese firms, are in COVID -19 vaccines will need authorization by the Brazilian Health Regulatory Agency (Anvisa), a well-regarded

The vaccine , developed by private Chinese pharmaceutical firm Sinovac Biotech, became the third in the world to enter Phase 3 clinical trials, or large-scale Sinovac is partnering with a Brazilian public health research center, the Butantan Institute, on the trials. If the vaccine proves safe and effective

Doria has touted the vaccine as safe and effective, personally holding press conferences to announce preliminary results from the clinical trials.

He and Bolsonaro have also clashed over whether vaccination should be compulsory, as Doria would like.

"That vaccine will not be obligatory, period," Bolsonaro said Monday.

Both the Sinovac and Oxford vaccines are currently undergoing final-stage clinical trials in Brazil, a top testing ground for vaccine candidates because of its high infection rate.

Both still need regulatory approval.

Brazil had previously signed a contract for 100 million doses of the Oxford vaccine.

But CoronaVac is expected to be available first, after Oxford had to suspend testing in September when a volunteer developed an unexplained illness.

Brazil, a country of 212 million people, has registered 5.3 million cases and 155,000 deaths from the novel coronavirus.


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