Brazil's Bolsonaro asks India to expedite Covid vaccine shipment as delays loom
RIO DE JANEIRO: Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to expedite a shipment of AstraZeneca's Covid-19 vaccine amid broader delays to the vaccine's arrival in Brazil, according to a letter on Friday.
Bolsonaro's letter, released by his press office, comes amid growing pressure to speed up Brazil's vaccine rollout and end the world's second-deadliest coronavirus outbreak. Critics say the immunization campaign is running behind regional peers, and they question why the go nment has not moved more quickly.
"To enable the immediate implementation of our National Immunization Program, I would appreciate ... the supply to Brazil, with the possible urgency and without jeopardizing the Indian vaccination program, of 2 million doses," Bolsonaro wrote in the letter, shared by his press office.
His message to Modi comes as the federally funded Fiocruz biomedical center said on Friday that the active ingredients needed to fill and finish millions of doses of AstraZeneca's coronavirus vaccine in Brazil, previously slated to arrive in the country on Saturday, may not land until the end of the month.
Fiocruz, which was counting on the shipment Saturday to supply the go nment with doses this month, said it was in talks to import more finished doses of the vaccine, likely from India on top of the 2 million it has already ordered.
A source involved said the active ingredient is ready to be shipped to Brazil but is waiting for an export license from China, where it is produced.
Earlier, Fiocruz requested an emergency use authorization for AstraZeneca vaccines coming from India, which are expected to arrive in Brazil in the middle of this month.
India under modiji can do it
Hope india delivers it fast to Brazil. Brazil is an important partner and we must be swift
Why China again. Why India product will require China license.
Wonderful..Big opportunity for India..
Lol. When ur dealing with india u should expect delay
And here in india we have pappu followers saying we wont take this vaccine. I wish sonia and vadra family die of covid in a go nment hospital. That would be fun to see.
China permission why required for India produce.
Well done Mr PM N Modi, project should be expedited by all angles
Indian vaccine is in demand outside the country as well. Only some India-haters within the country are crying against the vaccine.
Brazil president backing Indian vaccine where as opposition president candidate has announced for Chinese vaccine. India must clear immediate export of vaccine
Many countries will now ask for vaccines from urgently but our front line workers, Doctors and Sr. Citizens will be given priority before exporting the vaccine.
India is leading the world in covid fight so don't worry India made vaccines are on the way to Brazil and the world.
When the vaccine is in short supply against the local demand it is illogical to export them to Bangla Desh or Brazil etc. It is like opening a Marriage Bureau while your own son remains unmarried.
Please wait .. you are in the queue..
First India should complete vaccination for important and critical areas within India
If this Narendra Modi go nment haven't yet issued a simple "Purchase Order" to SII to buy vaccines for India, should we expect them to allow export of this vaccine outside India at this stage.
There should be export ban till india is made safe first
We should increase our vaccine production