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Fiocruz foresees distribution of national vaccine against Covid-19 in October – Prime Time Zone

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Institution estimates delivery of 15 million doses of the immunizer per month; however, start of production depends on licensing by AstraZeneca

EFE / FABIO MOTTAAccording to Zuma, national production still depends on licensing the technology by AstraZeneca

The Oswaldo Cruz Foundation wants to start distributing a vaccine against Covid-19 fully national in October. This means that even the inputs, currently imported, would also be produced in Brazil. The forecast was made by Maurício Zuma, director of the Bio-Manguinhos Institute, a unit of the Fiocruz responsible for the production of Oxford vaccine, at a Febraban event. According to Zuma, national production still depends on licensing of the technology by AstraZeneca. “We hope that in May, later in June, we will start producing the first batches of consistency. The validation batches we call, pre-validation first. But it takes a while, if everything goes well, we hope to be distributing vaccines all over the country starting in October. It is our plan. ”

Initially, Fiocruz’s total local production would be 15 million doses per month. Until then, the race for vaccines continues. After a new meeting with representatives of the Northeast, the National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa) charged more information on import orders from Sputnik V. The agency found that the Registration Certificate issued by the Russian Ministry of Health was not accompanied by a technical report, which attests to the quality and safety aspects of the immunizer. According to the governor of Piauí, Wellington Dias, the Russian vaccine has already been proven effective in other countries. “The hope that the rules of Law 124/2021, which establishes a period of seven working days, nine consecutive days, to be approved for use, for the import license for the Sputnik vaccine,” he said.

In addition to the offer, transparency in vaccination is also of concern to States. The governor of Goiás, Ronaldo Caiado, said on Wednesday that of the more than 1 million doses delivered to the municipalities, 400 thousand vaccines may not have been applied or are no longer registered in the system. Ministry of Health. Caiado appealed to the secretaries and mayors, stating that “this conduct compromises the entire result and may cause some municipalities to receive fewer doses in the next few waves until they identify the destination of the immunizers”.

* With information from reporter Letícia Santini

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