RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The Jair Bolsonaro government declined the Pfizer vaccine last year at half the price paid by the United States, the United Kingdom and the European Union. Considered expensive in August 2020 by then Health Minister Eduardo Pazuello, up to 70 million doses from Pfizer could have been delivered from December, 2020, for US$10 each.
Early vaccination would have prevented deaths and the billion-dollar losses caused by the economic shutdown.
With a total GDP (Gross Domestic Product) of R$7.4 (US$1.4) trillion in 2020, the R$30 billion now projected by the . . .