Today (15) from Recife towards Mumbai, India, the airline Azul’s aircraft is going to get 2 million doses of vaccine against Kovid-19 imported from Asian country. The aircraft is expected to fly at 11 pm and arrive in India tomorrow (16).
The flight was initially scheduled to fly at 11 pm yesterday (14), but the trip was rescheduled due to international educational issues.
The Recife flight departed from Virkopos Airport at 3:30 pm yesterday at Campinas (SP). Azul commented on the change in travel and said that, after the overnight crew in the city reached the capital of Parambuco, the flight continues this Friday.
The plane’s return to Brazil was scheduled for Saturday (16), landing at Galio Airport in Rio de Janeiro. But with the flight changes, there is still no information about the return of the aircraft.
The Ministry of Health said “the return date in Brazil, with vaccines estimated at 15 tonnes, is still being evaluated according to the progress of the logistics operation undertaken by the federal government in partnership” yesterday, in a note.
Upon arrival, the vaccine is still required to wait for approval from the National Health Monitoring Agency (Anvisa). The agency meets on Sunday (17), to analyze a request for emergency use submitted by the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Firokruz), partner of AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford in Brazil.
According to the ministry, the vaccine will be distributed to states within five days after Anvisa’s support, thus, introducing vaccination nationwide, simultaneously and free of charge.
In joint action with the Ministry of Defense, security in the transport of dosages across Brazil will be carried out by the armed forces.
The aircraft departing for India is the largest aircraft in Azbul’s fleet, the Airbus A330neo, and will be equipped with specific containers to ensure dose temperature control, according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. The aircraft will travel about 15 thousand kilometers to the final destination.
The ministry stated that, in addition to Azul’s support, it is the Brazilian Association of Airline Companies for the logistics of free transport of the vaccine via Gol, Latam and Bypass.