Brazil’s government concedes purchase of only half of previously announced vaccines

In a reply to Congress, the Ministry of Health says that the remaining doses have been acquired, but are still in the "negotiation stage."

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRASIL - The Ministry of Health confirmed that only 280 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines have been contracted to date. That is, half of the 560 million units disclosed in the portfolio's advertising campaign and in public statements by Health Minister Marcelo Queiroga.

The overstated figure was displayed in a Ministry of Health post on Twitter and used in a statement by Queiroga on April 30. "[But] it is clear that we do not have these doses in the Ministry of Health's logistics department, because there is an international vaccine shortage," the Minister said at . . .

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