About 48 million doses were sent to the States and 32 million were actually used
The Attorney General of the Republic, Augusto Aras, sent a letter to the 27 Brazilian governors asking for clarification on the pace of vaccination against Covid-19 in the country. According to the Covid-19 Integrated Epidemic Monitoring Office, there is a discrepancy between the number of doses sent to states, which are 48 million, and the number of vaccines actually used, 32 million. Aras also sets a 10-day deadline for governors to respond to what he called “questioning the reason for the slow vaccination”. Data on the numbers of immunizers distributed and applied were collected by the Ministry of Health.
In the case of Ceará, for example, the PGR states that more than 560 thousand doses delivered have not yet been applied to the population. Among the factors that contribute to the discrepancy in the numbers, are the reserves for second application. Most vaccines against Covid-19, including the two currently used in Brazil – CoronaVac e AstraZeneca– require the application of two doses for the immunization to be effective. Despite a recent recommendation by the Ministry of Health for states and municipalities to distribute all doses of vaccine received, the Governors’ Forum decided to keep the request for local managers to continue saving immunizers for the second dose.
* With information from reporter Beatriz Manfredini