Brazil’s São Paulo is short of AstraZeneca vaccines for second dose

However, the Ministry of Health says it does not owe the state of São Paulo any batches of the second dose. 2.8 million doses have not yet been sent because the interval between the first and second dose will only occur at the end of the month.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The São Paulo government yesterday, September 9, reported that AstraZeneca vaccines for the second dose are in short supply in the state.  The state Health Secretariat is urging the Ministry of Health to supply additional doses.

However, according to the ministry, the vaccines have already been sent, but the state used them as the first dose, against the recommendations of the National Immunization Plan.

"The Federal Government's Ministry of Health failed to send approximately 1 million AstraZeneca second dose vaccines to São Paulo, causing a real vaccine shortage in the state's 645 . . .

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