Pfizer applies for full COVID-19 vaccine approval in Brazil

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    Protests and investigations have begun to deal with President Zaire Bolsonaro’s epidemic and slow vaccine delivery.

    Pfizer Inc. has applied for full regulatory approval for its COVID-19 vaccine in Brazil, the country’s health regulator said on Saturday, amid unrest over right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro’s epidemic and slow vaccine roll-out.

    The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is presented second in Brazil for full approval, implemented by AstraZeneca on 29 January for vaccines created with the University of Oxford.

    The vaccine is being produced in collaboration with the jointly funded FioCruz Biomedical Center in Brazil.

    Brazil has already approved the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine and China-developed synovac shots for emergency use and launched a vaccination campaign in mid-January, but delayed roll-out has been halted in component shipments.

    Pfizer has stated that the total efficacy of the Pfizer-BioNotech vaccine is 95 percent and that of 94 percent of people over 65 years of age.

    The arrival of a new vaccine in Brazil came as a possibility that Bolsonaro has faced protests – largely organized by leftist parties and groups – against tackling the epidemic.

    The president previously dismissed the virus as “a little flu” and rejected the need to impose public health restrictions to prevent its spread. He It also said that he would not receive a vaccine, even the epidemic would continue in the country.

    During the past month, more than 1,000 coronovirus-related deaths have been reported daily. More than 9.4 million infections, as well as more than 230,000 deaths, have been reported so far.

    The country’s prosecutor-general conducted a preliminary investigation in Bolsonaro last week for the deadly coronavirus virus outbreak in Manaus, the country’s Amazonas state capital.

    In January, the city’s hospitals ran out of oxygen, forcing the federal government to supply supplies from around the country.

    The region is also where a new coronovirus variant is believed to be easily permeable – similar to those found in the United Kingdom and South Africa – first appeared.

    If the initial investigation, which also includes Health Minister Eduardo Pazuelo, finds “possible wrongdoing”, there will be a more formal investigation known as an “inquerito”.


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