After many negotiations, the Ministry of Health decided to buy the covid-19 vaccines from Pfizer/BioNTech and Janssen (Johnson’s pharmaceutical arm). The decision was announced during a meeting with representatives of the National Confederation of Municipalities (CNM) this Wednesday (3), according to the G1.
At the meeting, Health Minister Eduardo Pazuello informed the CNM that the contract with Pfizer, whose vaccine has already obtained definitive registration with the National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa), is in progress. He also revealed the existence of negotiations with Johnson.
Subsequently, Pazuello met with representatives of Pfizer and said he liked the schedule presented by the American company, but did not give details about the amount of doses that will be acquired or when they will arrive in Brazil.
The decision to buy vaccines from Pfizer and Johnson came a day after the House approved a bill that would make it possible for municipalities, states and companies outside the federal government’s program to purchase immunization agents, with the aim of accelerating mass vaccination if there is a delay by the Ministry of Health.
Sputnik V will also be acquired
Another vaccine against the new coronavirus that should also be available soon in the country is Sputnik V, developed by the Gamaleya Institute in Moscow, whose partner in Brazil is União Química, although it has not yet been approved by Anvisa.
With an efficacy of 91.6%, the Russian immunizing agent may have 400,000 doses available in March on national territory, in addition to 2 million in April and 7.6 million in May, all imported from Russia, according to the new schedule of the Ministry of Health .
Sputnik V is applied in two doses and has already been used in Argentina and other countries, as well as Russia itself, where immunization began in December last year.