Brazil seeks to buy 30 million doses of coronavirus vaccines

Until now, only Oxford/AstraZeneca's and China's CoronaVac have been given approval in the country.

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The Brazilian government on Wednesday said that it was negotiating with countries including India to buy 30 million doses of coronavirus vaccines.

The announcement comes after Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro thanked Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and India for exporting vaccines to Brazil.India has earlier provided 2 million doses of Oxford/AstraZeneca’s Covishield vaccine, manufactured by Serum Institute of India, to Brazil.

Until now, only Oxford/AstraZeneca’s and China’s CoronaVac have been given approval in the country.But, the Brazilian health ministry said on Wednesday that it is meeting Indian and Russian representatives on Wednesday to secure a deal to grant emergency authorisation to Russia’s Sputnik V and India’s Covaxin.The deal would provide Brazil 10 million doses of Sputnik V vaccine and 20 million shots of Covaxin and will be delivered in February and March.Brazil is the second-worst-hit country from the novel coronavirus with over 226,000 deaths.Medical journal The Lancet this week published results of Sputnik V saying the vaccine has an efficacy of 91.6 per cent and is safe to use.

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