The Minister of Health, Marcelo Quiroga, on Thursday, 16, announced the withdrawal of pasta in connection with the interval between the first and second doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine against COVID-19. After reducing the application interval between doses of the vaccination agent from 12 to 8 weeks, the minister explained that, due to the lack of vaccine, Pasta decided to keep the interval longer at 12 weeks.
“We had already talked at eight weeks because a higher dose of AstraZeneca was expected,” he said.
According to the minister, there are not enough doses to bridge the gap because states and municipalities will be implementing AstraZeneca “inadvertently”. This is a recurring complaint by Quiroga, which once again stated that there is an overabundance of vaccines in the country.
“When I say there’s an addition, it’s because they’re applying it to people who shouldn’t,” he exclaimed.
Quiroga justified that reducing AstraZeneca’s vaccine interval was a measure to combat the fight against the delta variant in the country. Stating that the variant is a concern, the minister assessed that the tension did not affect the country as it did in other places such as the United States.