Fiocruz should resume delivery of Covid-19 vaccines next week – Prime Time Zone


Some states already report the lack of the immunizing agent for the second dose

EFE / EPA / JUNG YEON-JE / ArchiveAstraZeneca vaccine is lacking in some health centers in the country

A Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz) predicts that it will make new deliveries of the vaccine Oxford/AstraZeneca against Covid-19 next week, normalizing releases to the National Immunization Program (PNI). The number of doses available will be announced next Monday, 13. The entity had already informed on the last 2nd that its next deliveries would be carried out between the 13th and 17th of September. The last delivery was on August 27, when 3.5 million vaccines were released. The interval between deliveries occurred because the monthly batches of August of active pharmaceutical ingredient (IFA), imported for the manufacture of vaccine, they only arrived on the 25th and 30th of last month. As the manufacturing process and the quality control of the doses takes about three weeks, the release should only take place from next week onwards. Since the beginning of the year, Fiocruz has delivered 91.9 million doses to Ministry of Health, being 87.9 million produced at the Institute of Technology in Immunobiologicals (Bio-Manguinhos) and 4 million imported ready-made from India.

The number of doses produced in Brazil, however, should exceed 100 million next week, with vaccines already delivered and those still in production and quality control. The forecast was presented at the National Immunization Journey by the manager of the Covid-19 vaccine implementation project in Bio-Manguinhos, Fábio Henrique Gonçalez. He also detailed the advances in the production of the national IFA and released the projection that it will be possible to produce this year 14 million doses totally manufactured in Brazil. Of these, 6 million can be delivered to the PNI.

*With information from Agência Brasil