Vaccination by private companies could cause Brazil more headaches

Congress is set to allow private companies to purchase coronavirus vaccines and immunize their employees. Health experts are against it

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Drive thru vaccine site at the State University of Rio de Janeiro. Photo: Tânia Rêgo/ABr

Over the month of March, Brazil managed to increase its daily average of vaccines administered by 123 percent. This rise was largely down to a federal government order for states and municipalities to use vaccine stocks previously set aside for second doses, as well as multiple states opening up immunization to law enforcement agents. Still, coronavirus vaccine rollouts remain four times slower than in the U.S. and have not been enough to tame the spread of the disease.

More hiccups are expected as vaccine-producing powerhouses China and India move to curtail exports of immunizers — as well as their...

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