The Ministry of Health decided to send 5% more doses of vaccines against covid-19 to Rio de Janeiro. The state has registered advances in cases of the Delta variant of the new coronavirus, which is a concern due to its greater transmissibility. The decision was announced this Saturday, 7th, by minister Marcelo Queiroga.
In a Twitter post, Queiroga said the decision was taken in the morning. “This week, we delivered more than 994.4 thousand doses to the State of Rio de Janeiro. The last delivery was made yesterday (Friday), with more than 690 thousand doses. Since the beginning of the campaign, we have sent more than 15 million doses to the state of RJ”, he wrote, marking Mayor Eduardo Paes (PSD) in his post.
Paes’ management has criticized alleged delays in the transfer of doses. On Saturday, the city said that the application schedule could suffer further delays if more doses are not delivered quickly. “We are awaiting the shipment of doses of Coronavac and Pfizer today, already in stock at the Ministry of Health. If the shipment is not confirmed, we will have to suspend the advancement of the calendar for the application of the first doses next Monday”, said the municipal secretary of Health, Daniel Soranz.
The government of the State of Rio suspended classroom classes in the state network in the state capital for next week due to a worsening in the transmission rates of covid-19. In addition to the capital, another 35 cities in the state will not be able to offer on-site education until at least next Friday.
The decision to send more doses to Rio comes after the governors’ appeal. The Governors Forum sent an official letter to Queiroga requesting support to combat the Delta variant of the new coronavirus. State administrators place in the document a concern about a third wave of covid-19, driven by this variant. In the document, government officials requested additional vaccines from Rio de Janeiro, one of the epicenters of Delta’s spread.
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