The São Paulo government, through the Butantan Institute, contracted nine flights – three of commercial cargo and six charter – to transport 6 million ready-made doses of CoronaVac, vaccine against the new coronavirus. The shipment, which will leave China, also has inputs for the formulation and filling of another 40 million doses in the country.
According to Época magazine, the director of the Butantan Institute, Dimas Covas, asked the Chinese Embassy in Brazil urgently: “Our absolute priority is for this raw material to arrive in Brazil as soon as possible so that the vaccine begins to be produced. We asked for help from the Chinese Embassy in Brazil and asked for urgency in the analysis. Now we are waiting for the answer ”.
Initially, Governor João Doria (PSDB) had announced that the first doses would arrive in Brazil until next Monday (2). However, due to the need for export authorization by the Chinese government, the process can take between 15 and 20 days.
The request was submitted to the Chinese last Wednesday by Butantan after Anvisa (National Health Surveillance Agency) approved the import of inputs.
Ready vaccines and the raw material for formulating the new doses need to be transported and refrigerated between 2 and 8 degrees – temperature at which the flu vaccine is kept, for example. The liquid input is stored in 200-liter bags and will be transported in aircraft in containers.
Dimas Covas explained that one of the advantages of CoronaVac in relation to logistics is that it does not need to be frozen.
“There are vaccines that need to be frozen at 70 degrees. In a tropical country with continental dimensions like Brazil, it is not just any vaccine that can be distributed ”, he said.
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