After a week-long delay, India announced that it had sent 2 million doses of the Oxford vaccine to Brazil in collaboration with AstraZeneca. The lot arrives this Friday (22).
The plane left Mumbai airport on Thursday night with the vaccines. The Serum Institute, built by the Immunizer, is paying attention to this transportation as it was planned from the beginning of the discussion with Fiocruz.
Last Thursday (14), the Brazilian government tried to find its own vaccine. He even made a plane that never flew. India was launching a vaccination campaign there, then Brazil could not participate. The country was the latter.
The Indian government on Tuesday announced the distribution of subsidized vaccines to six neighboring countries – Bhutan, Maldives, Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar and the Seychelles. This Thursday (21) they finally released exports to Brazil and Morocco.
According to the Ministry of Health, the Emirates flight will arrive in Guerrero this Friday afternoon. Exports will continue, on an original flight to Galeno, Rio, from where it will be flown to Fiocruz, where it was announced that it would operate. The vaccine will be distributed at night and on Saturday.
Prior to the announcement in India, Health Minister Eduardo Pasuello spoke about another important aspect of the vaccination campaign: China, delivery of raw materials for the production of immunizers, butane and fiocross. It was the beginning of a training course for health professionals.
Pasuello said he had spoken twice with the Chinese ambassador to Brazil on Wednesday (20) and that there were no political or diplomatic issues with bringing the IFA, an active pharmaceutical component, into account.
“The first of these delivery contracts for the IFA, the next delivery forecast is February 10th. Try to expect. In Button’s case, it’s not too late. In the case of Fiocross, the forecast is until January 31st. It’s not too late yet, but we expect trouble. This needs to be clarified, because I have not yet been able to activate the company we ordered from Technology under the contract. I can only activate it, the first day of the delay, I will do it after the end of January, ”he explained.
Button’s officials corrected the minister. The deadline of February 10, cited by Pasulo, is not to be handed over to the IFA Institute. Yes, 4.8 million doses reach the Ministry of Vaccines. Regarding input, the Bhutanese director said there was a delay.
“Who knows if we’re late or not, whether we’re here in Button,” he said. Exports are expected to reach 11,000 liters on January 6. The payment was not forthcoming due to procedures from the Chinese authorities who asked for it to be rescheduled. After a reprogramming, these 11 thousand were divided into two batches, the first batch of which was 5,400 liters and we are now waiting for approval for export. So, from January 6 we are late, depending on the arrival of this 5,400 liters to start the production phase, which at the moment, will result in 8 million doses. Therefore, we are waiting for the immediate release of this material of this raw material prepared in China and we are waiting for this approval for export to Brazil, ”said Dimas Kovas.
According to the agreement, 2.7 million doses will be given to the Ministry of Health by the end of January and 9.3 million doses by the end of February and 46 million doses on a schedule from April. .
The Button director said he needed input until Jan. 29. If we receive this batch of raw materials by the end of this month, we will have no effect on the Ministry’s vaccine delivery schedule. Maybe if these inputs do not arrive by the end of this month, we will have to delay this schedule, ”said Dimas Kovas.
Every day of import delays is compromised in the country’s immunization schedule. Until the input comes, everything is stopped at Butanton and Fiocross. When IFA is on hand in laboratories, it may take two to three weeks to finalize the production of vaccines. This is an expensive time in this battle against Kovid-19.
Fiocross’ initial schedule was to release the first batches of the vaccine between February 8 and 12, but this may be delayed without inputs. The agreement with the Ministry of Health allows for the delivery of 50 million doses by April, which will reach 210 million by the end of 2021.
Marco Krieger, vice president of the foundation, says China has solved the technical part of releasing the IFA: “No more technical capabilities. Now it is a question of export release, which has to go through some procedures. China produces many vaccines for the world, and they have created a specific office, so this work is done in a very coordinated manner, which is also very careful, because it is a very sensitive issue. This has had an impact on playing our schedule – for now, 15 days earlier than we expected in anticipation of delivery – but we expect it to be resolved very soon. That is why we are working there on all fronts. ”
Clovis Arnes da Cunha, president of the Brazilian Society of Infectious Diseases, warns that delays are life-threatening: “Getting vaccinated every day has the potential to save hundreds of lives, from one to two months. Unfortunately, the delay has already caused hundreds of lives to be saved in a day. This can no longer happen. As a community committed to getting vaccinated, we must do that. ”
AnnVisa said an extraordinary meeting of the collegiate board will be held on Friday afternoon (22) to evaluate the second request for immediate use of Coronavac. This order refers to a batch that has already produced 4.8 million doses.