Bolsonaro Signs Provisional Measure Earmarking R$1.9 Billion to Manufacture Oxford Vaccine

The amount will be transferred to Fiocruz, which is expected to receive 100 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine, should its efficacy and safety be confirmed.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - On Thursday, August 6th, President Jair Bolsonaro signed a provisional measure that grants a budget credit of R$1.9 billion (US$380 million) to ensure the purchase of 100 million doses, as well as the subsequent domestic production of the potential vaccine against Covid-19 developed by the British laboratory AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford.

The amount will be directed to the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation - Fiocruz - which will be preparing to produce the vaccine independently, should its efficacy and safety be confirmed.

The Brazilian government's agreement calls for the purchase of 30 million . . .

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