Brazil to buy 20 million COVID-19 vaccines from India’s Bharat Biotech
BRASILIA: Brazil's Health Ministry on Thursday (Feb 26) signed a contract to purchase 20 million doses of Covaxin, the COVID-19 vaccine made by India's Bharat Biotech, for delivery between March and May.The ministry said in a statement that the deal is worth 1.6 billion reais (US$290,000), with the first 8 million doses expected to arrive […]

BRASILIA: Brazil's Health Ministry on Thursday (Feb 26) signed a contract to purchase 20 million doses of Covaxin, the COVID-19 vaccine made by India's Bharat Biotech, for delivery between March and May.

The ministry said in a statement that the deal is worth 1.6 billion reais (US$290,000), with the first 8 million doses expected to arrive in March.

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To speed up the buying of vaccines in Brazil and deal with the second-deadliest coronavirus outbreak in the world, the ministry said it published new rules last week dispensing with the bidding process.

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Brazil reported 1,541 new COVID-19 deaths on Thursday, the second highest daily death toll since the pandemic began, taking total fatalities to 251,498.

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With 65,998 new cases, the South American country has now registered 10,390,461 cases, the world's third worst outbreak behind the United States and India.

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