Brazil eyes July for full local production of Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine

Fiocruz Vice President Marco Krieger told Reuters that, if health regulator Anvisa waives some controls, the biomedical institute could move up the September 30th target date for 100% local production of the shot by AstraZeneca and Oxford University.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Brazil could begin full production of Oxford/AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine by July if regulators allow, an official at biomedical center Fiocruz said, moving up by 100 days the timeline to produce shots without imported ingredients.

Fiocruz Vice President Marco Krieger told Reuters that, if health regulator ANVISA waives some controls, the biomedical institute could move up the September 30th target date for 100% local production of the shot by AstraZeneca and Oxford University.

“This would be important at a time when Brazil is facing vaccine shortages,” Krieger said in an interview on Friday.

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