Rio de Janeiro running out of vaccines

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Vaccine shipments. Photo: Tania Rego/ABR/FP

The city of Rio de Janeiro is undergoing what is arguably its worst moment of the pandemic, surpassing São Paulo as the city with the highest absolute number of coronavirus deaths. To make things worse, Rio could run out of vaccines as early as February 13 — when senior citizens are expected to receive their second jabs.

City officials say a new batch of vaccines is scheduled to arrive on February 23 — dates, however, could change depending on the availability of inputs. So far, the state of Rio de Janeiro has received around 1 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines, according to Health Ministry data.

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