São Paulo building Latin America’s first Covid-19 vaccine factory

. Nov 09, 2020

São Paulo Governor João Doria announced on Monday that construction has begun on Latin America’s first factory to produce a vaccine against Covid-19.

Located on the premises of the Butantan Biological Institute in São Paulo, the structure will have the capacity to produce 100 million vaccines a year, and construction is funded entirely by private money. According to Mr. Doria, works began on November 2 and the facility is expected to be ready by September 2021. 

In addition, in a press conference, the São Paulo Governor said that the first 120,000 doses of the CoronaVac vaccine — developed by Chinese company Sinovac — will arrive on November 20, part of the first batch of 6 million doses cleared by Brazilian health regulators Anvisa in October.

However, they may only be distributed after the conclusion of clinical trials and subsequent Anvisa approval. 

Ariádne Mussato

Ariadne Mussato is a social media expert

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