In 8 Days, Brazil's Health Minister Reduces Estimate of Vaccines for The Fifth Time

Ministry initially estimated 46 million doses, but currently there is only half

Natalie Cancian Daniel Carvalho

The Minister of Health, General Eduardo Pazuello, reduced again, in a speech on Wednesday (10), the estimate of Covid-19 vaccine doses that are to be distributed to states and municipalities in March. This is the fifth reduction the ministry has announced this this month alone—the first was on the 2nd.

According to Pazuello, the current estimate is for 22 and 25 million doses this month. On Monday (8), at an event in Rio de Janeiro, the minister cited an estimate of "between 25 and 28 million." The number is almost half of that announced on February 17 (46 million) and February 22 (48.9 million).

Minister Eduardo Pazuello (Foto: Tarla Wolski/Futura Press/Folhapress)

"We have guaranteed for March between 22 and 25 million doses, reaching up to 38 million doses. These are really impressive numbers and it will make a difference in our vaccination campaign," said Pazuello this Wednesday, in a ceremony at Planalto.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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