Brasilia, Brazil, March 21, 2021 – Today Brazil will receive 1,022,400 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine through the COVAX mechanism, a global effort of the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (Gavi), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), World Health Organization (WHO) and Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).
This arrival is an unprecedented initiative and marks a historic step towards equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines around the world. This will be the largest vaccine acquisition and supply operation in world history. The delivery is part of a first phase of dose distribution in Brazil. Other vaccines are expected to arrive in the country throughout this year.
The PAHO Revolving Fund, responsible for the supply of COVID-19 vaccines for countries in the Americas, through the COVAX mechanism, has sent Brazil the 1,022,400 doses of the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine – manufactured by SK Bioscience , from South Korea. The product will land at Guarulhos International Airport, in the state of São Paulo, where the Coordination Center for the Storage and Distribution of Strategic Sanitary Inputs of the Brazilian Ministry of Health is located. Then the vaccines will be distributed according to the Brazilian vaccination plan.
The AstraZeneca vaccine manufactured by SK Bioscience, of South Korea, comes from the same platform (type) as that manufactured on Brazilian soil by the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz). It is a safe and quality product, having received approval for emergency use from the WHO and the Brazilian Health Regulatory Agency (ANVISA).
“This is a big step forward to save lives, stop the spread of COVID-19 and return to the new normal. We will continue to work day and night, with health authorities and partners in Brazil, to make more available vaccines and to help with all things vaccination and strengthening public health measures, so we can all fight COVID-19 together.If everyone does their part, we will come out of this pandemic sooner and stronger says Socorro Gross, PAHO and WHO Representative in Brazil.
“The arrival of this first batch of vaccines, and those that will be delivered throughout the year, is a hope for everyone, including children and adolescents. Although they are not the most directly affected by COVID-19, and cannot yet be vaccinated, they are suffering greatly from the consequences of the crisis caused by the pandemic, with profound impacts on education, mental health, protection against violence and food security .The expansion of adult vaccination is an important step towards controlling the pandemic and the start of thinking about a better, safer and healthier future for all, especially children, adolescents and their families. says Florence Bauer, UNICEF Representative in Brazil.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, the United Nations system in Brazil has worked with government, businesses and civil society to identify and support the needs of the population to respond to the health crisis and its socio-economic effects.
The first case of COVID-19 in Brazilian territory was reported in February 2020. Since then, the country has confirmed 11,950,459 cases and 292,752 deaths as a result of infection with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes this disease, according to data from the Brazilian Ministry of Health as of March 20, 2021.
COVAX aims to provide vaccines to between 10 and 20% of the population of each participating country by 2021. Until vaccines reach a wider population, preventive measures will remain the basis of the pandemic response. For public health authorities, this means continued diagnostic testing, contact tracing, isolation, assisted quarantine and quality care. For individuals, this means avoiding crowds, maintaining physical distancing, sanitizing hands, wearing masks and keeping environments ventilated.
COVAX, the vaccine pillar for the COVID-19 Tools Access Accelerator (ACT), is co-led by CEPI; Gavi; and WHO – working in partnership with UNICEF as a key implementing partner, as well as civil society organizations, vaccine manufacturers, the World Bank and others. In the Americas, the PAHO Revolving Fund is the recognized COVAX Mechanism Procurement Agent for countries in the Americas region.
the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) works with the countries of the Americas to improve the health and quality of life of their populations. Founded in 1902, it is the oldest international public health organization in the world. It serves as the regional office of the World Health Organization (WHO) for the Americas and is the specialized health agency of the inter-American system.
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) works in the world’s toughest places to reach the most disadvantaged children. In 190 countries and territories, UNICEF works for every child, everywhere, to build a better world for all. Learn more about unicef.org.br. Follow UNICEF on Facebook, Twitter, instagram, Youtubeand LinkedIn.
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