Vaccination suspended in five state capitals

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At least five Brazilian capitals stopped administering first vaccine doses today due to a lack of supplies — but will continue giving out second doses. 

In addition to São Paulo — which announced the suspension after 300-plus health units lacked vaccines on Monday — João Pessoa, Aracaju, Florianópolis, and Campo Grande will also limit themselves to administering second doses until new supplies arrive.

Governors have scrambled to bring vaccination calendars forward. In São Paulo, Governor João Doria promised to vaccinate all adults by mid-September. But Brazil’s immunization effort has been hampered from the beginning by hiccups in procuring enough inputs and ready-for-use jabs.

Meanwhile, the federal government celebrated the arrival of 1.5 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. The batch was smaller than expected, however, with the Health Ministry hoping for 3 million doses, originally meant to have been delivered last week.