The United States on Thursday will ship 3 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson one-shot Covid-19 vaccine to Brazil, the nation with the second-highest coronavirus demise toll on the earth, a White House official mentioned on Wednesday.
The cargo – a part of Washington’s pledge to donate 80 million vaccines – will depart Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on an Azul Airlines flight Thursday night, certain for Campinas, a metropolis in southeastern Brazil about 100 km (62 miles) from Sao Paulo, the official mentioned.
The donation comes as Brazil continues to battle the virus, which has claimed over half a million lives, aggravating deep political divides forward of subsequent year’s presidential election and sparking unrest across the nation.
The White House mentioned scientific groups and authorized and regulatory authorities from each international locations labored collectively to guarantee immediate supply.
The one-shot J&J vaccine is seen as significantly useful in guaranteeing efficient vaccination charges in distant areas because it doesn’t require a second dose.
The official mentioned the vaccines had been cleared by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and would come from the provision that the United States had instantly obtainable.
Brazil had already given regulatory approval to the J&J vaccine, offering the quickest path to getting numerous doses to the nation instantly, the official added.
(*3*) of the J&J vaccines at Emergent BioSolutions Inc’s Baltimore plant was halted in April by the FDA following a manufacturing error that led to tens of millions of doses being ruined.
The White House official underscored that the doses being shipped to Brazil have been protected and harassed they got here with no strings connected for the federal government of President Jair Bolsonaro.
“We are sharing these doses not to secure favors or extract concessions. Our vaccines do not come with strings attached. We are doing this with the singular objective of saving lives,” mentioned the official.