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So far, 23,000 people have signed up to participate in the pilot project in the city, equivalent to 76% of the target audience

ADRIANA TOFFETTI / A7 PRESS / ESTADÃO CONTENTButantan director Dimas Covas said that more cities in Brazil could be tested in the same format

The first residents of Mountain, small town in the interior of São Paulo, followed, with great expectation, the start of mass vaccination in the municipality on Wednesday, 17. In the next two months, 30 thousand people, of different ages, will be immunized against Covid-19 as part of an experiment Butantan Institute, which aims to verify the effectiveness of CoronaVac. On the first day of application, there was a queue at the site. The resident Edson José Félix was the first to be vaccinated. “My God, what joy, what peace. Very happy, very happy. Thanks to God ”, celebrated. Called “Project-S”, the researchers will measure the effects of the vaccine on the transmission of the virus, on the Health System and in new variants Covid-19.

Until now, 23 thousand residents have already signed up to participate in the pilot project, equivalent to 76% of the target audience. Butantan’s director, Dimas Covas, said that more cities in Brazil could be tested in the same format. “We are going to test in a nearby city, which is Araraquara, which is suffering from the outbreak of the new variant,” he said. Housewife Marlene Negrão feels privileged by the opportunity. “We lost a lot of friends in Serrana, many people known to us. So we are happy to arrive at that moment and that privilege for our city. ”

A Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) he said on Wednesday, 17, that the Americas need to have more than 700 million immunized to achieve the so-called herd immunity So far, however, only 63 million people have been vaccinated, which corresponds to less than 10% of what is needed. The organization’s director, Carissa Etienne, reported that the Covax Facility, initiative by World Health Organization (WHO), will send 160 million doses of vaccines in the first half, and asked health workers and the elderly to give priority.

* With information from reporter Caterina Achutti

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