Holding the world’s second-highest Coronavirus caseload after the United States, with more than 770,000 confirmed infections and nearly 40,000 deaths, Brazil on Thursday, June 11, announced an agreement with China to produce its Coronavirus vaccine in the state of Sao Paulo. In Sao Paulo, 9,000 volunteers will be injected with doses of the vaccine produced beginning in mid-July, in the third and final phase of testing.
Announcing the move, Sao Paulo governor Joao Doria stated, “The Butantan Institute, Brazil’s leading research centre, had reached a technology transfer agreement with Sinovac Biotech.”
Adding further, Doria said, “The studies show that the vaccine could be distributed by June 2021,” if tests prove conclusive. This agreement would allow us to produce at large scale and immunize millions of Brazilians.”