São Paulo Governor wants to start vaccination before federal government

João Doria with the CoronaVac. Photo: GOVESP

São Paulo Governor João Doria announced on Thursday that his administration will begin vaccinating his state against Covid-19 as early as January. He says São Paulo will not wait until March, as is forecast by the federal government’s vaccination plan.

“Why start in March if we can do it already in January? […] Are we going to lose another 60,000 lives before starting immunization?” he said.

According to Mr. Doria, 46 million doses of CoronaVac will be available for distribution in São Paulo by the middle of January 2021. 

Today, São Paulo received a shipment of inputs for the production of more than 1 million doses of the CoronaVac vaccine.

This week, Dimas Covas, director of the São Paulo-based Butantan Biological Institute, affirmed that the CoronaVac vaccine should be ready for distribution to the population at the beginning of 2021.

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