The regional governments of the nine northeastern states of Brazil announced on Thursday the temporary suspension of the contract they signed with the Institute of Aesthetics and the Russian Sovereign Fund to import 37 million doses of the Sputnik V vaccine against the COVID-19.
The suspension was due to the fact that Brazilian health authorities had approved the use of Sputnik V in Brazil with several restrictions and the Ministry of Health had not included this vaccine in its national vaccination campaign.
The National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa) authorized the import of Russian Sputnik V vaccines in June, but only “certain specified lots” and “on an exceptional and temporary basis”.
The regulator set a series of “conditions” for the use of the Russian immune system in Brazil and limited its application to one percent of the population in each of the northeastern states.
The suspension of the contract was announced in a statement from Consorcio Nordeste, the forum that brings together the governors of the nine states in northeastern Brazil, the poorest in the country.
According to the Northeast Consortium, the contract suspension came at a time when the first batch of one million vaccines was due to be delivered due to “new restrictions imposed by Anvisa as the vaccine is not included in the national immunization plan and the lack of an import license. “
So far, the only vaccines included in the national vaccination plan are those from AstraZeneca, Sinovac, Pfizer and Janssen, which are authorized for use by Anvisa.
“It is unfortunate. Brazil is experiencing a high death toll, with around a thousand deaths per day, and we have vaccines available, but they have been barred from entering the country due to Anfisa’s decision.” , declared the governor of the State of Piauí, Wellington Dias., president of the Confederation of the North-East.
Dias said the contract will be suspended until Anvisa clears the vaccine for permanent and unconditional use.
“We have already suspended the delivery of the first vaccines, and now we agree to suspend the contract until we obtain the authorization and the release of Sputnik V in Brazil,” he added.
This was mentioned by the Russian sovereign wealth fund The doses that will be sent to Brazil will now be distributed to Mexico, Argentina and Bolivia.
Anfisa, in a statement released Thursday, clarified that she demanded that the importation of Sputnik meet 22 conditions in light of the need to “fill the gaps in existing information regarding aspects of quality, safety and the effectiveness of the vaccine ”.
The note stated that “Anfisa confirms that she has not added any other conditions” and confirms that she was “guided by absolute transparency in all her decisions to defend the protection of the health of the population”.
And Brazil, which has recorded more than 560,000 deaths and 20 million contaminations, is the second country with the highest number of victims of the epidemic and the third with the highest number of contaminations, surpassed only by the United States. United and India.
Despite those high numbers, the weekly average of deaths fell as of Thursday to 887 deaths per day, the lowest level in about seven months, and the injury rate fell to 32,460 per day, the lowest in eight months.
The decline in cases and deaths coincides with the acceleration of the vaccination process in Brazil, where about 50 percent of the population has already received the first dose of some vaccines and 21 percent only the two or one dose of the vaccine.