Brazil’s São Paulo state is soon to immunize its population with China’s Sinovac vaccine for COVID-19, said João Doria, the governor of the state.
The vaccine which is pending regulatory approval is likely to be launched in mid-December. It must be noted that Brazil ranks third in the list of highest number of Coronavirus cases in the world, leading vaccine makers to seek out South America’s largest country to test their candidates.
São Paulo’s Butantan Institute, a leading biomedical research centre is conducting Phase III clinical trials for the Sinovac vaccine in the state. “Five million doses of the vaccine are expected to arrive in São Paulo, the country’s most populous state, in October. The state has a deal with Sinovac for 60 million doses to be delivered by the end of February, which is enough to vaccinate the state’s entire population,” said Doria.
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