Brazil Decides to Buy Pfizer and Janssen Covid-19 Vaccines

Agreement with Pfizer confirmed after months of clashes; ministry will meet with Janssen

Natalie Cancian Daniel Carvalho

After months of negotiations and clashes, the federal government has decided to buy vaccine doses from Pfizer and Janssen (the pharmaceutical arm of the Johnson & Johnson laboratory).

The agreement with Pfizer was confirmed at a meeting with the company on Wednesday (3), and now Brazil will sign the contract. The deal involves offering about 99 million doses - 9 million by June, 30 million by September, and 60 million by December.

Brazil's Health Minister Eduardo Pazuello reacts during a ceremony to announce a mass coronavirus disease (COVID-19) immunization program, at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, December 16, 2020. Picture taken December 16, 2020. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino - REUTERS

Earlier, the Minister of Health, Eduardo Pazuello, asked assistants to speed up the contract to purchase doses from both companies.

The decision comes after Congress approved a bill allowing the purchases from the two immunizers. The ministry of health told representatives of the National Confederation of Municipalities that it anticipated buying the vaccines. States and municipalities had announced a consortium and the resumption of negotiations to obtain vaccines due to the federal government's delay.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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