Coronavirus: Brazil promises to start a mass vaccination in January

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It was announced by the Minister of Health, Eduardo Pazuello. He did not detail what it will be, of those that are being tested in that country.

The Brazilian Health Minister, Eduardo Pazuello, announced on Tuesday that a massive vaccination campaign against the coronavirus will begin in January, while in São Paulo, the main state of the country, activity in schools was partially restarted.

“The forecast is that the vaccine will arrive in January. In January of next year we will begin to vaccinate the whole world”, declared General Pazuello. But the minister did not detail which vaccine would be used.

Pazuello indicated during a ministerial meeting that the government “is in contact with whoever makes the vaccine and the forecast is that this vaccine will arrive from January,” according to the Brazilian newspaper. Newspaper.

The minister responded to the question of a 10-year-old blogger who was invited by the president, Jair Bolsonaro, to question officials during the Government Council, held at the Planalto Palace.

For his part, the president Bolsonaro stressed that the vaccine cannot be mandatory and has argued that “anything” can not be inoculated to the population, as quoted by the newspaper Or Balloon. “You cannot inject anything into people or force them,” she remarked.

Bolsonaro signed a decree that allocated close to 400 million dollars to develop, together with the AstraZeneca laboratory, the Oxford University vaccine at the Fiocruz Institute, a renowned state research center based in Rio de Janeiro.

But just this Tuesday, AstraZeneca announced that it is suspending testing of its vaccine while it investigates whether they can cause serious side effects.

At the same time, the government of São Paulo carries out trials with the vaccine from the Chinese laboratory Sinovac at the Butantan Institute, linked to the University of São Paulo, which is the most important producer of vaccines in the country

At the same time, the Paraná government continues negotiations with the Russian government with the expectation of carrying out trials with the Sputnik V vaccine.

Brazil has more than 4,162,000 infected and more than 127,400 dead. But the isolation begins to relax more and more, which explains the expectations about the possibility of starting a vaccination campaign.

However, a week ago, President Bolsonaro began to question the obligatory nature of vaccination, claiming that only in “dictatorships” is it imposed on citizens to take a drug.

That point of view of the president received the support of the increasingly active denialist groups that reject the vaccine on social networks.

And, at the same time, Bolsonaro was questioned by doctors and researchers for whom if the vaccine is not mandatory it will be difficult to control the contagion.

This long weekend, which lasted until Monday, September 7, Independence Day in Brazil, thousands of people flocked to the beaches of Rio de Janeiro, San Pablo, Pernambuco and other states, increasing the risk of massive contagion of Covid-19.

And starting this Tuesday, the state of São Paulo began a gradual reopening of its schools, following an orientation from Governor Joao Doria, of the Brazilian Social Democracy Party (PSDB, center-right)

Public and private schools of 128 municipalities, out of a total of 645, reopened their doors this Tuesday, but not to start face-to-face classes, but to receive students who need to make up late classes and other types of particular situations.

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