Six million doses are available of the Coronavac vaccine from the Chinese company Sinovac, with which the Sao Paulo state government has an agreement. An attempt by the Brazilian government to get two million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine from India failed on Friday.
Badly hit by pandemic
Brazil, a state of 210 million people, is one of the countries hardest hit by the pandemic. So far, around 8.5 million people in the largest country in Latin America have been proven to have been infected with the corona virus. More than 209,000 patients have died in connection with Covid-19. Due to the enormous increase in hospital stays in connection with Covid-19, the health system in the Amazon metropolis of Manaus recently collapsed.
After President Jair Bolsonaro initially played down the corona virus, he now also doubts a vaccination. He has made derogatory comments about the Chinese vaccine several times. But he is still in competition with the governor of the state of Sao Paulo, Joao Doria, for the first photo of a vaccination in Brazil.