By Eduardo Simões
SAO PAULO (Reuters) – The State of São Paulo will start a new vaccination campaign against Covid-19 on January 17 of next year, one year after the first application of an immunizing agent against the disease in Brazil, it said on Monday. State Secretary of Health, Jean Gorinchteyn.
He also predicted that the speed of vaccination against the coronavirus next year will be greater than that of this year’s campaign, stating that the Butantan Institute will, in 2022, have 100% national production of two vaccines: CoronaVac, from the Chinese laboratory Sinovac, and Butanvac, which is currently in the testing phase.
“This new phase for immunization against Covid will start on January 17th of next year, which was exactly the first day that we vaccinated the first Brazilian here in São Paulo, Monica Calazans,” he said, citing the name of the nurse who received the first application of a vaccine against Covid in Brazil in January of this year.
“This is not reinforcement, this is a need that we have to always be annually doing protection,” he added at a press conference at Butantan headquarters, where a new batch of 1 million doses of CoronaVac was delivered to the National Immunization Program (PNI) of the Ministry of Health.
With the delivery of this Monday, Butantan reaches 56 million doses of the immunizing agent delivered to the PNI and keeps the promise of totaling 100 million doses delivered by the end of August.
Gorinchteyn said he hopes that the Ministry of Health will have the same understanding as the São Paulo government to start a new vaccination campaign against Covid-19 in 2022, while emphasizing that it will be held in the State of São Paulo.
“The State of São Paulo will surely start a new vaccination phase for Covid from January 17th of next year”, he guaranteed.
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