Analysis: Bolsonaro Government’s Sluggishness Prompts State Race for Vaccine

The federal government has been resisting the purchase of some vaccines, such as Pfizer's, which has set a deadline up to this week for a reply. According to experts, local governments may implement their own immunization programs, as long as ANVISA endorses them.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Faced with the federal government's delay in closing purchase agreements or anticipating the vaccination campaign against Covid-19, scheduled to begin in March by the Ministry of Health, governors and mayors have been mobilizing on their own to secure immunizers.

Some of them are turning to São Paulo's Governor João Doria for doses of the Coronavac, developed in partnership with the Chinese Sinovac group. The governor's plan is to begin immunization on January 25th. Other local governments are planning to negotiate directly with Pfizer, whose vaccine proved to be 95% effective . . .

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