São Paulo government reportedly directed reinforcement of work schedules at the Instituto Butantan factory and estimates that the number of daily doses may be higher than projected
THE Butantan Institute plans to deliver an average of 426 thousand daily doses of CoronaVac Government Federal. Delivery is expected to last a week, totaling 3.4 million doses. According to the organ’s president, Dimas Covas, the governor of São Paulo, João Doria, guided a change in the operation of the factory, with larger scales and an increase in the number of employees so that more immunizers are manufactured. “As expected, tomorrow we will start delivering the production that we started with the arrival of the first batch of raw materials from China,” pointed out Covas at a press conference held on Monday, 22.
The delivery of doses to the federal government by the institute is marked by exchanges of barbs and controversies. While the Ministry of Health criticized the manufacturer of CoronaVac last Thursday, 18, for failing to deliver in February the 9.3 million doses promised for the month, President Dimas Covas said the folder ignored letters sent in July, August and October, wanting to pass the responsibility for the delay of the Chinese Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (IFA) to the agency. With the distribution of doses scheduled for the next few days, the state government should announce the new vaccination rate next Friday. “If we had more vaccines, we would probably be at a faster pace, because the capacity of the state of São Paulo, both in its purchase of inputs, in its logistics, and the capacity of the municipalities to create vaccination strategies, are really exceptional, but we need more vainicas ”, said the disease control coordinator of the Health Department, Regiane de Paula.