Brazilian governors ask Biden for vaccines

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Governors during an online meeting. Photo: Govesp

A group of Brazilian state governors sent a letter to U.S. President Joe Biden, requesting coronavirus vaccines to ward off a potential third wave of infection, expected to hit the country next month. 

Heading this consortium of state administrators, Piauí Governor Wellington Dias asked the White House for “around 10 million vaccines” as part of the Biden administration’s plan to donate its 80-million dose surplus to developing countries. 

Mr. Dias reiterated that Brazil could see “at least 200,000 more Covid-19 deaths” by September, referencing a recent study which made this prediction as a worst-case scenario projection. “Unfortunately, 80 percent of the Brazilian population has yet to receive vaccination,” reads the letter. 

As of May 26, Brazil has administered around 63 million shots. Under 10 percent of the population is fully vaccinated.