Vaccination Against Covid-19 in SP Should Start in January, Says SP Governor

Governor said he was outraged by the federal government's plan to start immunization in March

São Paulo

The governor of São Paulo João Doria (PSDB) said on Thursday (3) in an interview that the immunization of the population of São Paulo against Covid-19 will begin in January and should be completed by February. However, the government has not presented a plan for what vaccination will look like in early 2021.

Sao Paulo Governor Joao Doria shows to members of the media a package of the CoronaVac vaccine as containers carrying doses of it are unloaded from a cargo plane that arrived from China at Guarulhos International Airport in Guarulhos, near Sao Paulo, Brazil, on December 03, 2020. - Brazil received this Thursday the second lot with 600 liters of the CoronaVac vaccine, developed by the Chinese laboratory Sinovac Biotech. (Photo by NELSON ALMEIDA / AFP) - AFP

Doria also said he was outraged by the federal government's vaccination plan, which is expected to start only in March. "If the Ministry of Health has the judgment, competence, and vision that the vaccine should be for all Brazilians, it could also offer to immunize the Brazilian population in São Paulo and other states in the country."

The state of São Paulo, in partnership with the Butantan Institute, has an agreement for import and production in the country of the Coronavac vaccine, produced by the Chinese company Sinovac. The vaccine is not on the schedule presented by the federal government.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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