Admin Reporter- POOJA1

Feb 23 2021


Brazil to start producing Covid vaccine in first half of 2021

Tuesday, 23 February 2021

Rio de Janeiro: Brazil will begin to produce a Covid-19 vaccine in the first half of 2021, a state-run biological sciences institution has said.

With a technology transfer agreement with British pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, Oswaldo Cruz Foundation based in Rio de Janeiro will be able to start making the vaccine in Brazil in April, said Marco Aurelio Krieger, the vice president of production and innovation in health with the foundation, in an interview with the UOL internet portal on Monday, reported.

 

 

 

 

"That has always been our goal. By incorporating production technology to the maximum, we hope to have 100 percent national production in the first half (of this year). We are very confident," Krieger said.

He stressed the importance to Brazil of producing its own Covid-19 vaccine to reduce dependence on other manufacturers amid a high global demand for vaccines.

 

 

 

 

"If today we wanted to buy more vaccines, we would not be able to ... It is time to think about the strategic production of some products, because we have seen global competition throughout the pandemic," he said.

Brazil is set to receive more than 2 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine on Tuesday, according to Krieger.

instagram imagesfollow us @ instagram