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Brazil gets 10 million shots of Russian vaccine

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SAO PAULO (AP) – The Brazilian federal government announced on Friday that it had reached a deal to purchase 10 million doses of the Russian-made Sputnik V vaccine against COVID-19, and that the shooting had yet to be approved by the South American National Health Agency.

The Brazilian Ministry of Health announced on Twitter that the pores would be imported by União Química, a company that lobbied the government to buy the vaccines, although its own experience was based on other medical products.

The Brazilian government expects to receive 400,000 shots in April, 2 million in May and 7.6 million in June.

The ministry said it would also evaluate the possible production of the Sputnik V vaccine by União Química plants in Brazil.

Brazil has already secured contracts for 200 million vaccine doses, half of which were made by AstraZeneca and half by the Chinese pharmaceutical company Sinovac.

Russia has shipped millions of doses of Sputnik V around the world, even while vaccinating its own population. Analysts say Russia is seeking to strengthen its image as a benevolent technological power at a time when COVID-19 holes are shrinking as richer countries stockpile Western-made vaccines.

According to Our World in Data, an online research site comparing official government statistics, only 5.5% of Brazilians have been vaccinated, and the country is experiencing a second deadly wave of COVID-19, with more than 2,000 registered in the last two each. in cases of death. days

More than 270,000 people died of the disease in Brazil, and authorities waited gloomy weeks in March-April.

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