Brazil’s Health Ministry confirmed on Wednesday that it will get its hands on 7 million Pfizer vaccines ahead of time. As a result, overall estimates for vaccine deliveries from the American lab in July were increased from 8 to 15 million.
The batch of 7 million doses was only scheduled to arrive in Brazil in the year’s third quarter. However, suggesting the delivery is an “advance” is a stretch, considering that the Brazilian government continuously stalled purchase contracts with Pfizer for months. The pharmaceutical giant offered a deal in August 2020, but a tender was only signed in March of this year.