China's Sinovac vaccine to be included in Brazil immunisation plan

Published : 21 Oct 2020, 13:04

As officials have reported, Brazil plans to use a Chinese-made coronavirus vaccine as part of a national immunization programme.

Governor João Doria of São Paulo said the federal government had agreed to purchase 46 million doses of the CoronaVac vaccine.

He said the immunization program could start as early as January 2021, making it one of the world's first attempts of this kind to tackle the pandemic.

One of the countries worst affected by coronavirus has been Brazil.

According to data obtained by Johns Hopkins University, the BBC reports, it has had almost 5.3 million confirmed cases - the third-highest count in the world after the US and India - and is second only to the US in terms of deaths, with almost 155,000 reported so far.

CoronaVac-developed by the Chinese company Sinovac Biotech-would be one of two vaccines used in Brazil's immunization programme if approved by the country's health regulator.

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