A mission coordinated by the Ministry of Health goes to India to get two million doses of the vaccine against Kovid-19, developed by the consortium of British pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford. The batch was manufactured by Indian Laboratory Serum.
The mission departs tomorrow (14) by a plane which leaves the city of Recife and will travel for 15 hours in the Indian city of Mumbai. The aircraft should return to Brazil on Saturday (16). Arrival in Rio de Janeiro will take place at Galeo Airport.
According to the Ministry of Health, import documents are already ready. The process will only involve arrival in the country and loading of the dose. The cargo is estimated at 15 tons.
However, the vaccine can only be delivered after the National Health Monitoring Agency (ENVISA) grants emergency authorization. The agency evaluates the request made by the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (FerroCruz), which partnered with AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford.
Anvisa said that a meeting to decide whether to grant authority on an emergency basis is scheduled for this Sunday (17). The agency will also decide on the request made by the Butnan Institute.
If Anvisa gives authorization, the Ministry of Health expects vaccines to be distributed to states within five days. In addition to the two million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, the government said that, if Anvisa allows, another six million doses of the Coronavac vaccine will also be available in partnership with Butov Institute’s Chinese company Synovac.