Brazil today surpassed the barrier of 17 million cases of covid-19 in the country (17,037,129) and is approaching 477,000 deaths (476,792) since the beginning of the pandemic, informed the executive.
Of this total, 2,378 fatalities and 52,911 infections by the new coronavirus were counted in the last 24 hours, according to the latest epidemiological bulletin released by the Brazilian Ministry of Health.
However, today’s data are partial, not counting the numbers registered in the State of Rondônia, which, due to technical problems, was unable to communicate new cases and fatalities registered between Monday and today.
The incidence rate of the disease in the South American country, with 212 million inhabitants, has increased today to 227 deaths and 8,107 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, and the fatality rate remains fixed at 2.8%.
The focus of the pandemic in the country continues to be the State of São Paulo, which alone is responsible for 3,378,256 of the cases and 115,309 of the deaths registered in the country due to covid-19.
Worldwide, Brazil is one of the three countries most affected by the pandemic, along with the United States of America and India.
At a time when experts predict a third wave of the pandemic in Brazil and the National Immunization Plan (PNI) is slowly advancing in the country, the president of the National Council of Health Secretaries, Carlos Lula, reported that three million doses of Janssen’s vaccine which should arrive in Brazil next week have an expiration date until June 27th.
Thus, the country will have about 15 days to receive, distribute and apply all doses of the immunizing agent within the established validity period.
“The Ministry consulted us last week if it was worth accepting the three million doses with expiration date for June. I replied that, at the rate at which we are vaccinating, we will be able to apply all the doses, but it will take a greater effort” , said Carlos Lula, quoted by the G1 news portal.
During his testimony today, at the Brazilian Senate’s Parliamentary Inquiry Commission (CPI), Health Minister Marcelo Queiroga confirmed that the batch with Janssen’s doses is valid until June 27th.
“This was agreed with the PNI. We understand that we have to make a strategy to apply these three million doses in a very fast time and not run the risk of winning [o prazo das] vaccines,” Queiroga declared to the CPI.
Unlike most vaccines available against the covid-19, Janssen’s immunizer only requires the application of one dose.
Brazil signed an agreement with Janssen, the European arm of the multinational Johnson&Johnson, to receive a total of 38 million doses of the antidote, with deliveries in the third and fourth quarters of this year.
“It would be wrong if we did not accept it. We need vaccines. We will have a short deadline, but obviously it will be operational”, said the executive secretary of the National Council of Municipal Health Secretariats, Mauro Junqueira, on the use of Janssen antidotes near the expiration date.
In Brazil, only 10.87% of the population had received the full dose of vaccination against the covid-19 until the end of Monday.
The pandemic caused at least 3,739,777 deaths worldwide, resulting from more than 173.5 million cases of infection, according to a balance made by the French agency AFP.
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