Brazil Asks India for Guaranteed Delivery Date of Vaccines against Covid

Indian Government expected to ship vaccines next week, but Brazilian diplomats are less optimistic


The Brazilian government wants Indian authorities to publish a statement in which the Asian country guarantees the delivery of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine in the near future.

According to reports sent to Folha, government negotiators have contacted Indian diplomats in the last few days to request a position to cool the malaise created by the delay in sending coronavirus vaccines.

o avião, da companhia aérea Azul, encarregado de viajar a Índia para buscar 2 milhões de doses da vacina de Oxford e da AstraZeneca
CAMPINAS, SP, 14-1-2021 - The Indian government's refusal to release vaccines - Tony Winston/MS

According to President Jair Bolsonaro assistants, successive postponements in the release of the cargo have sparked friction for the Planalto Palace. The government was betting on imports to kick-start the immunization campaign in Brazil. A ceremony had even been prepared, but ended up demobilized in the face of the operation's failure.

Some sort of public commitment from India is seen by Bolsonaro's allies as a way to at least reduce the political damage that the delay has caused.

Spokespersons at Planalto expect the 2 million doses to be sent next week, but others involved in the negotiations are less optimistic.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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