India delays delivery of new coronavirus vaccine
Brazil’s health minister, Eduardo Pazulo, on March 8 again announced a reduction in the number of COVID-19 vaccine vaccinations in March to 28 million doses, according to Brazil’s G1 news website. This is the fourth time Brazilian officials have announced changes to the March COVID-19 vaccine schedule. Pazzullo explained that the reason for the change was that the Serum Institute of India had been delaying delivery.
Health Minister Pazzullo said Brazil had ordered the AstraZeneca vaccine from the Serum Institute of India, but India is now banning exports, hindering the country’s vaccination programme. He also said that large-scale COVID-19 vaccination depended on domestic vaccine production, so an agenda would be set to authorise AstraZeneca to register production of the vaccine in Brazil.