Brazil has counted 1,274 deaths due to covid-19 in the last 24 hours and has approached 206,000 fatalities (205,964) since the beginning of the pandemic, the Ministry of Health reported today.
Regarding the number of infections in Brazilian territory, 60,899 people were diagnosed with the new coronavirus between Tuesday and today, in a total of 8,256,536 registered cases.
According to the latest epidemiological bulletin, the incidence rate of covid-19 in Brazil, the Portuguese-speaking country most affected by the pandemic and one of the hardest hit in the world, it rose to 98 deaths and 3,929 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.
Geographically, São Paulo (1,577,119), Minas Gerais (611,152), Santa Catarina (529,389) and Bahia (518,955) are the states with the highest number of confirmed cases.
The federative units with the most deaths are São Paulo (48,985), Rio de Janeiro (27,241), Minas Gerais (12,894) and Ceará (10,189).
Also according to the data of the executive, chaired by Jair Bolsonaro, 713,752 infected patients are under medical supervision, and more than 7.2 million people have already recovered from the disease caused by the new coronavirus.
Among the deadly victims of the pandemic in Brazil is the former governor of the state of Goiás and current mayor of Goiânia, Maguito Vilela, who died today at the age of 71, and the archbishop emeritus of Rio de Janeiro, Eusébio Oscar Scheid, 88 , who was one of four Brazilian cardinals who participated in the conclave that elected Pope Francis.
At a time when the National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa, the Brazilian regulatory body), is preparing to decide on the emergency use of vaccines submitted to the agency, the governor of São Paulo, Jorão Doria, said today that Bolsonaro should celebrate the the fact that the country has a “safe and effective immunizer to fight the pandemic”, instead of “mocking”, referring to Coronavac.
“The statement by President Bolsonaro about the Butantan vaccine is unfortunate. Instead of celebrating the fact that Brazil has a safe and effective immunizer to fight the pandemic, he ironic the vaccine. While Brazilians lose lives and jobs, Bolsonaro plays as President “he wrote on the social network Twitter João Doria, Bolsonaro political opponent.
At issue are the statements made today by the head of state, who questioned whether Coronavac, a potential Chinese vaccine against covid-19 tested in São Paulo, “is it a good one or not”. The provocation referred to the effectiveness of 50.38% of this immunizer, which is defended by João Doria.
Coronavac is developed in partnership by the Chinese pharmaceutical company Sinovac and the Butantan Institute, located in São Paulo.
The Ministry of Health of Brazil, a country with about 212 million inhabitants, today informed the Supreme Federal Court (STF) that the country’s 27 federal units have about 80 million syringes and needles that “can be used to start the campaign “of immunization against the disease.
The Ministry of Health plan, according to the document sent to the STF, foresees the delivery of up to 30 million doses of different vaccines against Covid-19 by the end of January.
Speaking to TV Globo, the superintendent of the Brazilian Association of the Industry of Medical, Dental, Hospital and Laboratory Equipment (Abimo), Paulo Henrique Fraccaro, affirmed that the Government requested from the sector companies an additional 30 million syringes and needles to intended for vaccination against Covid-19.
In addition to the other 30 million requested by the Ministry at the beginning of the month, the industries will be obliged to supply 60 million syringes and needles to the executive, in a movement provided for by the Brazilian Constitution, in which the government may temporarily use private goods in case of “imminent danger public”.
A pandemic covid-19 caused at least 1,963,557 deaths resulting from more than 91.5 million cases of infection worldwide, according to a report by the French agency AFP.
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