Brazil: Private clinics seek agreement on Indian COVID-19 vaccine

A Brazilian association of private health clinics announced on Sunday that it is negotiating with Indian pharmaceutical company Bharat Biotech to purchase five million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine, which India has just cleared for emergency use. The Brazilian Association of Vaccination Clinics (ABCVAC) confirmed on its website that it has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Indian company to purchase their Covaxin vaccine, which is currently in the final stages of clinical trials. Any final deal must be approved by the Brazilian health agency Anvisa, which has not yet approved vaccines against the novel coronavirus. The government of far-right President Jair Bolsonaro is increasingly criticized for running a vaccination campaign in Brazil, which has the second highest death toll from the pandemic after the US. ABCVAC described its proposed deal with Bharat Biotech as a way to ensure that Brazilians who use the private health system – usually the rich – have access to a vaccine, even if the government reserves their own starting doses for the public health system and groups with high Priority. like health workers and the elderly.